Buy a Marblehead Fireworks cap

NEW in 2016: we now have Marblehead Fireworks caps that you can buy online via the Friends of the Marblehead Fireworks for $29 to support the Marblehead Fireworks and Harbor Illumination.


We have a limited quantity of 350 caps whose production cost was donated to the Friends of the Marblehead Fireworks – so the entire amount of $29 will directly go to help support the fireworks. We will also ship them to you for free (anywhere in the US).

If you do not have a credit card or PayPal, or are otherwise unable to order online, you can also buy the caps directly at the Selectmen’s office at Abbot Hall, 188 Washington St, Marblehead.

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2016 Fireworks Information

Happy New Year and welcome to the updated 2016 Marblehead Fireworks and Harbor Illumination Web Site. We hope you will find the site informational and entertaining. We also hope that by starting to think about the summer you will be motivated to send us a donation to insure that we can continue this fine Marblehead Tradition. Click on the donation tab above to learn more.

The 2016 Fireworks are scheduled for Monday, July 4th, 2016 at approximately 9:00 P.M. The Harbor Illumination will begin at 8:45 P.M. and immediately following we will LIGHT THE FUSE ON THIS YEAR’S EDITION OF FIREWORKS FOREVER!

If you are on Facebook, please join the Marblehead Fireworks Facebook Page and share photos, send us your feedback, or discuss your favorite spots to view the fireworks from.

The countdown to the 4th has started!

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Thank you!

We hope you all enjoyed the show!

Marblehead Light on the Fourth of July, Photo Credit: Eyal Oren

Marblehead Light on the Fourth of July, Photo Credit: Eyal Oren

A big thank you to all the donors, boy scouts, businesses in town, Police, Fire, Harbormaster, Park&Rec, and other town departments, yacht clubs, dock masters, civilian barge patrol boats, and all volunteers who helped to make this another memorable Independence Day celebration.

Thank you also to Atlas Pyrovision Productions, who produced the fireworks show for us, and to Precision Weather Forecasting, who provided meteorological forecasting and support, as well as the Friends of the Marblehead Fireworks 501(c)3 who helped us with online donations and information awareness.

We’ll see you all again in 365 days, 11 hours, 7 minutes, …

P.S. It is not too late to donate! If you haven’t sent in your donation for this year, please help us get a head-start on next year’s fireworks fund and send your donation now.

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Security zone and barge patrol

The fireworks barge has arrived at the mouth of Marblehead Harbor and the fireworks have been loaded onto the barge.

Stay clear of the fireworks barge at all times!

Fireworks Barge and Security Zone

Please observe the safety zone around the fireworks barge, marked by orange tetrahedron buoys and patrolled by our civilian boat patrol volunteers flying orange privileged vessel flags. Stay clear of the barge at all times and do not transit through the security zone, thank you!

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Weather Forecast

Good morning and a Happy Independence Day to you all!

Mimi Andler: "Illumination"

Mimi Andler: “Illumination”

As you make your preparations for the Fourth, here is the latest update of our local event weather forecast that has been provided to the Marblehead Firework Committee by Precision Weather Forecasting this morning at 05:00 AM EDT:

Precision Weather Forecasting
Marblehead 2015 4th of July Fireworks Forecast
Marblehead, MA
Issued 0500 AM 04 July 2015 

FORECASTER REASONING: The forecast for this 4th of July, and particularly the fireworks, has trended more favorable. The risk for showers is now very low and the threat is contained to the afternoon rather than evening hours when the fireworks take place. This has occurred because low pressure and showers are trending further south this morning. Additionally, there is a substantial amount of dry air in place over eastern MA that any showers must overcome. There is still a low risk of a brief light shower this afternoon but overall much, if ultimately not the entire, day looks dry. Confidence in this forecast is moderate to high.


Low pressure is moving off the Delmarva Peninsula this morning. The low tracks along a stalled front to the south of Long Island this afternoon and then east of Cape Cod this evening. Scattered showers associated with the low find their way to the south coast of New England this morning but then struggle to push further north. This is thanks to the more suppressed track of the low and lingering dry air from high pressure that departed to the Canadian Maritimes last night. Still, a quick passing shower or two cannot be entirely ruled out in eastern MA and Marblehead. Although a very low possibility, the risk for a shower is greatest from early afternoon until the early evening, roughly between 2pm and 7pm. Additionally, any showers will be light and short lived. Otherwise, much, if not the entire, day should be dry. Thus, there does not appear to be a meaningful threat to the fireworks.

Clouds associated with the low pressure make it into southern New England. Some breaks of sunshine can be expected this morning amid variable clouds. Clouds thicken during the early afternoon and skies largely remain mostly cloudy until the early evening. Ahead of the fireworks, the clouds start to break and gradually decrease overnight.

The temperature will not be overly warm, only reaching near 70 F during the midday. The temperature then falls from the middle to lower 60s F during the fireworks.

There will be a light wind though the day and this could make for a somewhat smoky fireworks display. Expect a S’ly wind of 5 mph or less through the morning then a backing to the ESE/SE and build to 5-10 mph for the afternoon. The wind eases back to near 5 mph and the SE/SSE’ly can become variable in direction near the time of the fireworks.

Sunset on the 4th: 08:24 PM. Twilight Ends: 08:59 PM

Fireworks Weather Forecast

Marblehead Fourth of July 2015 Weather Forecast

We will post any relevant updates here on as well as on Twitter and Facebook.

If you are out on the boat, please make sure you check the marine weather provided by the Coast Guard and NOAA on VHF channel WX 3 and on the Taunton website and keep a lookout for any approaching isolated showers.

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Marblehead in the Top 14 Spots to Celebrate the Fourth

Coastal Living Magazine awarded Marblehead a prestigious spot among the Top 14 coastal places to celebrate the Fourth of July for several years in a row. Marblehead is in the #5 spot and is still ranked as the best place on the entire East Coast and the only place in New England to make the list!



Coastal Living

Marblehead ranked #5 by Coastal Living Magazine in the Top Spots to Celebrate the Fourth nicely sums it up, too: “Want the best fireworks? Head to Marblehead“. We couldn’t have said it any better…

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July Fourth Fireworks Barge Patrol

If you are out on your boat on the Fourth and see a vessel flying one of these orange Privileged Vessel flags with flashing red/amber lights on top, please listen to them and follow their instructions, if they call you.

These are our volunteer barge patrol boats and they are donating their time and boat on July 4th to patrol the security perimeter around the fireworks barge. Please help us keep everybody safe and stay away from the barge. Thank you!

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Flare Pickup for Harbor Illumination

If you are a Marblehead resident on the harbor waterfront we invite you to participate in the traditional harbor illumination prior to the fireworks on July 4th. The harbor illumination is scheduled to start at 8:45 PM and the fireworks are planned for 9:05 PM.

Marblehead harbor illumination, Jeff Folger

Marblehead harbor illumination, Jeff Folger

If you haven’t done so already, please come to the Marblehead Fire Department at 1 Ocean Ave and ask for the Staff Captain on duty to pick up your allocation of flares. You will be provided with an amount of flares appropriate to the waterfront length of your property and will receive those flares free of charge.

Please use caution when storing and handling the flares and ignite them only at the start of the harbor illumination on July 4th. Keep the flares out of the reach of children and animals at all times!

Thank you for your participation in the harbor illumination!

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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 2015:

Sunset on July 4th is at 8:24 PM. The Harbor Illumination is scheduled to start at 8:45 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: at about 9:05 PM or a few minutes thereafter the fireworks are launched off a barge at the mouth of Marblehead Harbor, which creates ideal viewing opportunities for the public from the parks at Fort Sewall, Chandler Hovey Park, and Crocker Park, as well as for boaters, yacht club members at the five clubs that are located around the harbor as well as several private residences all around the harbor and Marblehead Neck.

High tide on July 4th is at 1:49 PM and low tide is at 7:46 PM, so please take the tide into consideration when anchoring for the fireworks. The harbor will be packed on July 4th with visiting yachts, since the start of the Marblehead to Halifax Ocean Race is the following day. 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 our 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 5th.

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. We thank the many businesses, clubs, civic organizations, and individual donors who have already contributed to the 2015 fireworks display! However, we still need your support to raise all the money needed! If you have not yet given, please 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 at

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Countdown to the Fourth

Can you believe it? The Fourth of July is only 4 weeks away now. Summer is finally here – at least we got a small taste of it on Memorial Day weekend and last weekend…

Fireworks committee at work

Your fireworks committee is hard at work preparing for the annual Marblehead Fireworks and Harbor Illumination. Please review the information on this website for best viewing locations, parking, and traffic information.

We are trying to have a slightly bigger display this year to make up for the canceled show last year, so we still need your help. If you have not given yet, please see the donation information on our website for where to send checks, or you can donate online here.

Thank you for all your help!

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We will light the fuse in:


Friends of the Marblehead Fireworks

In order to allow for online donations to the Fireworks Fund, we have recently established a separate Friends of the Marblehead Fireworks non-profit organization that is now accepting online donations via PayPal or credit card.


Forecast for Marblehead, MA

Friday 07/01 80%
Thunderstorms. Lows overnight in the mid 60s.
Saturday 07/02 0%
Sunshine. High 82F. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph.
Sunday 07/03 0%
Except for a few afternoon clouds, mainly sunny. High 82F. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph.

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