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 weekend 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 0900 (9 AM) EDT:

Precision Weather Forecasting Inc.
Marblehead 4th of July Fireworks Forecast
Marblehead, MA
Issued 0900 AM 03 July 2016

FORECASTER REASONING: The forecast remains very much in line with the prior update and thus quite positive for the fireworks on the 4th of July in Marblehead. As expected, the holiday weekend is unfolding with great weather. These fantastic conditions should continue though the 4th with the weather pattern that is occurring. All weather model guidance is in remarkable agreement with this outcome, showing no precipitation or other adverse conditions thought the 4th. Thus, there is no change in the forecast or hindrance to the fireworks foreseen at this time.

WEATHER SYNOPSIS: High pressure centered near the Ohio River Valley extends from the Great Lakes to New England this Sunday morning. The high is slated to slide east, moving off the coast on Monday but still extending to the west and across New England. The high acts to block and protect New England from centers of low pressure tracking along a front that extends from the Tennessee River Valley to the coastal Carolinas. One low pressure center pulls this front a little further north Monday night but it’s too little too late, with only an outside chance of showers grazing southern New England on Tuesday.

Very pleasant conditions are on tap for today (Sunday) with lots of sunshine, a high temperature in the upper 70s F and W/SW wind at 5-12 mph that can gust to 15-20 mph at times. Very similar conditions look to unfold tomorrow (Monday), with just slightly warmer temperatures and a lighter wind. Expect morning low temperatures on the 4th in the lower 60s F then warming into the low 80s F before cooling to 70-74 by the fireworks. The humidity remains very low throughout the holiday weekend so expect a comfortable feel in the air. Skies start out sunny and largely remain that way, with only the risk of some wispy high clouds working in during late day. Winds look to be on the light side during the day at a general 05-10 mph, gusting into the upper teens early, out of the W/WSW becoming SW. The wind may pick up a little during the fireworks, closer to 10 mph, while backing slightly to the SSW.

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

Weather Forecast July 4, 2016

Marblehead Weather Forecast July 4, 2016

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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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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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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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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Fireworks over Little Harbor in Marblehead

A view of tonight’s fireworks over Little Harbor from Wednesdays in MHD

Fireworks over Little Harbor in Marblehead

Fireworks over Little Harbor in Marblehead

Full size (uncompressed) image and more about how the image came to be can be found on his website:

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Sunset sky over Marblehead harbor…

Sunset sky

Sunset sky

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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

Partly Cloudy
Sunday 12/11 0%
Partly Cloudy
Sunshine in the morning followed by cloudy skies during the afternoon. High 33F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph.
Monday 12/12 100%
Rain ending early. Remaining cloudy. High 43F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 100%. Rainfall near a quarter of an inch.
Tuesday 12/13 10%
Except for a few afternoon clouds, mainly sunny. High 41F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph.

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