How to celebrate the Fourth


Martha Vineyard’s Fourth of July festivities include a parade and fireworks.

Islanders and visitors are expected to begin lining the streets of Edgartown early in anticipation of the annual July 4 parade. Edgartown police said to anticipate traffic delays starting at 3 pm and full road closures along the parade route at 4:30 pm.

The parade kicks off at 5 pm 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, up Main Street, and back to the school. Floats are judged at the school prior to the parade.

Immediately after the parade or around 6:30 pm, Edgartown police will close Dock Street, lower Main Street, and North Water Street up to the lighthouse to all traffic, other than residents and their guests.

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 anywhere along the Edgartown waterfront will offer a good view of the display.

Edgartown police said parking will be limited, and recommend taking Vineyard Transit Authority (VTA) buses to avoid heavy traffic.