HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!!!!
There is something magical being in New England on the 4th of July. There is something beyond magical to be on Martha’s Vineyard for the 4th. Perhaps it’s our small town atmosphere and our traditions that make me forget that I have stress and worries, and make me feel like I am in Mayberry momentarily. Ever since I was little a large group, including my family, friends, and their families, have always gone to the beach in the late afternoon on the 4th for a cookout, and to watch the fireworks over Edgartown harbor.
There is a dizzying amount of traditions to uphold on Independence Day. The biggest of all is the Edgartown Parade starting at precisely 5 pm, followed by a phantasmagorical display of fireworks at 9 pm. The parade starts at the intersection of West Tisbury Road and Pinehurst Road, then winds its way through downtown Edgartown. As the parade ambles around each corner, you’ll be privy to veterans displaying their colors, floats themed around their organization, firetrucks flashing their lights and honking for the kids, animals, and even kilt-clad bagpipers (the debate is still up in the air if they are traditional bagpipers or not…). Please be advised that due to security reasons, they are shutting down Edgartown to traffic starting at 3 PM. I suggest either taking the bus, or parking at the Park and Ride on upper main street and walk into town. Handicap parking is available at the Edgartown Yacht Club.
We hope you have a fantastic and memory filled 4th of July.
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