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!

 

 

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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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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: http://wednesdaysinmhd.com/2013/07/04/fireworks-over-little-harbor-in-marblehead/

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Sunset

Sunset sky over Marblehead harbor…

Sunset sky

Sunset sky

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Free Facebook Timeline Cover Photos

Are you looking for a new timeline cover photo to celebrate Independence Day? Our friend Eyal Oren, photographer and author of the Wednesdays in Marblehead blog has provided us with three great photos of the harbor illumination already formatted perfectly to be used as cover photos for your own Facebook timeline. Here is a preview of one of them:

Harbor Illumination. Photo credit: Wednesdays in Marblehead

Head over to our new Facebook Page to select one for your Timeline as the cover photo this week and don’t forget to tell your friends about our new Facebook page…

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Harbor Illumination

Panoramic image of the harbor illumination from a boat on a mooring in Marblehead harbor on July 4th, 2010.

Panoramic image of the harbor illumination

Panoramic image of the harbor illumination

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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

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Thursday 06/21 10%
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Mostly clear. Lows overnight in the mid 50s.
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Friday 06/22 0%
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Sunny, along with a few afternoon clouds. High 68F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph.
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Saturday 06/23 60%
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Light rain...with scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon. High 63F. Winds ENE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60%.

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