Post offices announce holiday weekend hours
During Independence Day weekend, Island post offices will have abridged schedules.
On Friday, July 3, post offices will be open from 8:30 am until noon. The last scheduled mail and collection box pickups for the weekend will be noon on Friday. Post office lobbies, however, will remain open until 4:30 pm. Carriers will deliver mail on Friday the 3, as well.
Vineyard post offices will be closed Saturday, July 4, and Sunday, July 5. Regular hours will resume Monday, July 6.
For more information, call your town post office.
It's official, school's out and summer is here
The Martha's Vineyard school year ended Friday. At Chilmark School students anxious to begin their summer vacation included (left to right) Liam McCarthy, Cabot Thurber, Gabriel Bellebuono, Mary McCarthy and Gabriel Ambulos.
Celebrate the Fourth
The Vineyard's Fourth of July weekend festivities include the Edgartown parade and fireworks. Expect plenty of patriotic favorites and amusing floats.
The parade kicks off at 5 pm Saturday from the Edgartown School and proceeds to Main Street and along Pease's Point Way out to the Harbor View Hotel.
The parade returns along North Water Street and back up Main Street, past the float judging at the historic Old Whaling Church, and back to the school.
Edgartown police say parking will be limited. They recommend taking Vineyard Transit Authority (VTA) buses. Handicap parking is available at the Edgartown Yacht Club parking lot, if a handicap permit is shown to the officers stationed at the corner of Water Street and Main Street.
The official celebration ends with a bang over Edgartown harbor, as fireworks light up the night sky beginning shortly after dusk, at approximately 9 pm. The fireworks will be fired from a barge moored off the Edgartown Lighthouse. Almost any spot along the Edgartown waterfront will offer a good view of the display.