Thank you!

We hope you all enjoyed the show!

Eyal Oren: “Marblehead Fireworks from the Causeway”

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, 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 364 days, 11 hours, 7 minutes, … and counting …

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.

Security Perimeter and Barge Patrol

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

Please maintain headway speed as you pass by the security zone around the barge. Remember: you are responsible for your wake!

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Lights of the 4th

Happy Fourth of July everyone! Happy Independence Day!!

We hope you’ll all have a great day today. Please enjoy the many festivities around town and we’ll see you all tonight for the annual Marblehead Harbor Illumination and Fireworks. Please remember: there are new starting times this year!

Harbor Illumination will begin at 21:00 (9:00 PM) and Fireworks are at 21:15 (9:15 PM).

When you visit the Marblehead Festival of Arts exhibits today, please make sure to check out Sydney Egan’s wonderful painting “Lights of the 4th”, which is shown at Abbot Hall.

Sydney Egan: “Lights of the 4th”

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Weather Forecast

Good morning and a Happy Independence Day week to you all!

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 0900 (9 AM) EDT:

Precision Weather Forecasting Inc.
Marblehead 4th of July Fireworks Forecast
Marblehead, MA
Issued 0900 AM 02 July 2018
Next Update By: July 3rd at 0900 AM

WEATHER SYNOPSIS: High pressure remains in control of the weather across New England through late week. Thus, hazy, hot and humid weather continues from Monday through Thursday. In fact, temperatures can even get a bit hotter right at the immediate coast, where it has been a touch cooler, as sea breezes struggle to develop.

The only potential caveat is the influence from a very weak cold front that dissipates on approach to southern New England during the Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday afternoon timeframe. The dying front looks to have just enough energy to touch off some very widely placed showers and thunderstorms. This means the risk for a shower or thunderstorm is rather low for any given spot in the region, including Marblehead, between Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday afternoon. Any activity would likely be ending by Wednesday evening in time for the fireworks. A quick downpour, gusty winds, some lightning and even small hail would be possible from a thunderstorm.

Expect a high temperature near 80 F with lots of humidity and sunshine today (Monday). A touch warmer in the middle 80s F on Tuesday with sunshine that mixes with scattered clouds by afternoon and that low risk of a shower/t-storm. The risk for a passing shower/t-storm remains Tuesday night and lingers into Wednesday afternoon but then becomes exceptionally low by the evening on the 4 th . Variable clouds will occur, mixing with hazy sunshine during the daytime. Expect morning low temperatures on the 4 th in the lower 70s F then warming into the middle 80s F before cooling to 75-80 by the fireworks. However, with the high humidity it
can feel like the middle 90s F during the daytime. Winds will be on the light side during the day at a general 04-09 mph out of the SE/S and this continues through the evening with the direction veering to the S/SW.

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

Weather Forecast July 4, 2018

Weather Forecast for July 4, 2018

We will post any relevant updates here on www.marbleheadfireworks.org 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 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 2018:

Sunset on July 4th is at 8:25 PM. The 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: at 9:15 PM 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.

Please note that the starting times for both the harbor illumination and the start of the fireworks have been changed this year, and are 15 minutes later than in previous years to allow for a better viewing experience!

High tide on July 4th is at 4:31 PM and low tide is at 10:32 PM, so please take the falling 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 that will be marked by four orange marker buoys.

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 http://www.marbleheadfireworks.org/. If the fireworks must 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 2018 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 http://fireworksforever.org

A special note to owners and operators of recreational or commercial “drones”, or Small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS): the safety zone on the water also applies to all sUAS. The FAA has confirmed to us that anyone flying a sUAS inside the exclusion zone marked in the water would fall in the category of “Carless and reckless operation of a sUAS” (14 CFR part 107 5.13.2). In addition, all restrictions regarding night-time operation and operating a sUAS over crowds do apply. Please be smart and leave your drone at home. Thank you!

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Two If by Sea…

If you are planning to enjoy the fireworks from your boat or if you are planning a boat trip on the Fourth during the day, please remember that the US Coast Guard and the Marblehead Harbormaster have established a safety zone around the fireworks barge at the mouth of the harbor. All boaters are advised to use caution when transiting the area.

Fireworks Barge Position

The safety zone will be patrolled by a civilian boat patrol during the day and by the Marblehead Harbormaster after 1800 (6:00 PM).

Please stay out of the safety zone and follow all directions by the civilian boat patrol, Harbormaster, and US Coast Guard vessels and personnel. Thank you!

More information for boaters can be found here

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Please leave your drone at home

A special note to owners and operators of recreational or commercial “drones”, or Small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS): the safety zone on the water also applies to all sUAS. The FAA has confirmed to us that anyone flying a sUAS inside the exclusion zone marked in the water would fall in the category of “Careless and reckless operation of a sUAS”  (14 CFR part 107 5.13.2).

Drones and fireworks don't mix well...

In addition, all restrictions regarding night-time operation and operating a sUAS over crowds do apply. Please be smart and leave your drone at home and enjoy the fireworks from the ground or on the water – just like everybody else.

Thank you!!

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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

Boston.com 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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Online Donations Now Accepted

NEW since 2014: 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.

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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

Chance of a Thunderstorm
Friday 08/17 40%
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Partly cloudy with afternoon showers or thunderstorms. High near 75F. Winds ENE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40%.
Thunderstorm
Saturday 08/18 90%
Thunderstorm
Scattered thunderstorms in the morning, then mainly cloudy during the afternoon with thunderstorms likely. High 81F. WSW winds shifting to NNW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 90%.
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Sunday 08/19 20%
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Cloudy. High around 70F. Winds NE at 10 to 20 mph.

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