Crown jewel of the Campground

Grand Illumination at the Campground in Oak Bluffs. — Gabrielle Mannino

The Grand Illumination returns to Oak Bluffs this year on Wednesday, August 18. This crown jewel of the Campground season originated on August 14, 1869, as a way to mark the governor of Massachusetts’ visit. Since then, thousands of tourists and Island residents have joined together to celebrate Illumination each summer. For more information and to see what’s to come, visit