Marblehead celebrates Independence Day with a wide range of events. There’s the Marblehead Arts Festival, the Marblehead to Halifax Ocean Race and a harbor illumination and fireworks display. The arts festival will celebrate its fifty-third year in 2018. It runs from Saturday, July the 1st to Tuesday, July the 4th. The festival brings together over four hundred volunteers to pull off a four-day festival that features art exhibits, a logo contest, a street festival and a culinary arts reception.
The harbor illumination and fireworks display are famous for being one of the best ones in the nation. The show is staged from a barge at the mouth of Marblehead Harbor which allows for great viewing on both sides of the harbor, on Marblehead Neck, near the lighthouse at Chandler Hovey Park, onboard a boat in the harbor and along the waterfront in downtown Marblehead.
The fireworks are slated to start about 9:00 pm. The harbor illumination begins about 8:45 pm. Check the festival site for the latest information.
Here’s a press release from a few years ago. We have updated some of the information on it so that the days and dates are correct for this year.
Marblehead Fireworks Committee announces details about the July 4th Fireworks
The Marblehead Fireworks Committee is pleased to announce the following details about the July 4th Fireworks and Harbor Illumination:
The Marblehead harbor illumination is scheduled to start at 9:00 PM when flares are lit all around the perimeter of the harbor, creating a magnificent ring of light that sets the stage for the main event, the fireworks. At about 9:15 pm the fireworks are launched off a barge at the mouth of Marblehead Harbor, which creates ideal viewing opportunities for families in many locations around the harbor. Some of the best locations to watch the show include the parks at Fort Sewall, Chandler Hovey Park, and Crocker Park. The view is also great for boaters, yacht club members, at clubs located around the harbor, at private residences around the harbor and Marblehead Neck.
Boaters will want to take the tide into consideration when anchoring for the fireworks. The US Coast Guard and Marblehead Harbormaster have established a safety perimeter around the fireworks barge, so use caution when entering or leaving Marblehead harbor during the Fourth and avoid the safety zone.
Come and see the fireworks show that Coastal Living Magazine continually ranks in the Top 10 Spots to celebrate the fourth in the entire country.
For more information, including parking & traffic tips and details on the best viewing locations, please see the website. If the fireworks have to be canceled due to severe weather conditions, an announcement will be posted on the fireworks website and the rain date is planned for July 5.
Follow the Marblehead Fireworks on Twitter @MHDFireworks or on Facebook for updates throughout the day on the Fourth. For more information on traffic updates and public safety issues, follow the Marblehead Police Department on Twitter @Mheadpolice or Facebook.
The Marblehead Fireworks Committee is an all-volunteer organization and the fireworks display is 100% privately funded and outside of the town budget. The organizers want to thank the many businesses, clubs, civic organizations, and individual donors who contributed to the display. However, the committee still needs support. If you would like to give, you can send your donation via check payable to the Town of Marblehead and mail it to Abbot Hall. Please put “Fireworks” in the memo section. This is a tax-deductible contribution. You can also donate online.