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The Island was crowded but calm over the Fourth
By all accounts Martha's Vineyard was crowded but calm over the Fourth of July holiday period. Forecasts of fine weather and the timing of July Fourth on a Tuesday gave many people the opportunity for a five-day weekend.
The Pond View Farm float, decked out in prize ribbons and dazzling smiles. Photo by Ralph Stewart
"It was very busy," he said.
Starting at the Edgartown School and winding its way to the Harbor View Hotel, onlookers clapped for old favorites like the Pimpneymouse Farm float which featured a large mouse made of hay, surrounded by a throng of youngsters wearing mouse-ears, and the group of Jabberwocky campers and counselors whose energetic drumming could be heard blocks away.
Sheriff Michael McCormack leads the way, dressed in his holiday finery. Photo by Ralph Stewart
The Steamship Authority (SSA) reported a 4.8 percent increase in ferry traffic to and from the Island, compared to last year. 25,290 passengers traveled from Woods Hole to the two Island ports on Saturday and Sunday, said SSA treasurer Bob Davis.
Despite the high traffic volume, the only problem SSA officials faced was a lack of available parking spaces when all three of its lots filled.
In general Island police departments reported nothing out of the ordinary with an average amount of arrests and few other disturbances. The otherwise pleasant Island holiday was marred by a fatal moped accident in which a visitor from New York died and her boyfriend was seriously injured.
Ted Morgan and Arthur Dickson ride in old-fashioned comfort. Photo by Ralph Stewart
The other up-Island towns were equally quiet. Aquinnah police made one arrest for operating a vehicle without a license and responded to a few minor car accidents. Chilmark police officer Jonathon Klaren said police logged one disturbance at Quansoo, a private beach on the south shore after someone busted the lock off of a gate in order to gain access. He said no arrests were made.
Harry Garvey gives son Evan a parade-watching perch. Photo by Sara Piazza
A hit-and-run accident involving a forest green pickup truck with a cap on it occurred at 9:15 pm on Sunday night at 49 William Street in Vineyard Haven. The driver of the truck hit a concrete post and wrought-iron fence on the property and drove away. A neighbor across the street who saw the truck and reported the accident could not identify the make and model, and was unable to see a license plate number.
With the influx of holiday revelers into Vineyard Haven came a few minor traffic delays, Chief Stobie said. Directing traffic at Five Corners proved challenging when traffic came to a standstill because, "There were just so darn many cars, there was no place to direct them to go."
Enjoying the parade with volume control. Photo by Sara Piazza
In continuation of the town's policy this summer to provide traffic management around the Five Corners area, Chief Stobie said he likes to station police officers on Main Street as much as possible, and then send them to the Steamship Authority terminal area to help offload traffic when ferries arrive. "If we need someone at Five Corners, we get the traffic off Water Street, and then leave once it quiets down," he added.
Skipper Brooks on the Camp Jabberwocky float. Photo by Alan Brigish
The earlier parade and later fireworks display Tuesday went particularly well, he said.