Fireworks Plus in Marblehead!
Fourth of July in Marblehead is an all-day event on the harbor front that begins at 10am with the Horribles Parade, composed of unusual and sometimes opinioned home-made floats, music, and other parading favorites. For the rest of the day, the waterfront is lively with music, food, and family activities.
The day ends with the Harbor Illumination and Fireworks.
At 8:45 a signal alerts everyone to the lighting of flares around the entire harbor front. Fireworks, launched from barges at the mouth of the harbor, begin at or around 9pm. The best places for viewing are from your own lawn chair or a picnic blanket at Chandler Hovey Park, Crocker Park , or Fort Sewell, or from a boat in the harbor.
In the July 2011 issue of Coastal Living Magazine, Marblehead was ranked one of the top 15 places nationwide to celebrate the Fourth of July. Marblehead was again the only place in New England to make the list.
In addition to the fireworks, the annual Marblehead Festival of Arts will be held over the weekend. The festival includes several art exhibits, outdoor music concerts near Marblehead Harbor, a film festival, a writers’ festival, a street festival, a children’s festival, a kite festival, a model boat regatta and many other cultural activities for families.
The festival events runs all weekend long through July 4 at venues throughout Marblehead.