Happy New Year and welcome to the updated 2018 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 2018 Fireworks are scheduled for Wednesday, July 4th, 2018 at 9:15 P.M. The Harbor Illumination will begin at 9:00 P.M. and 15 minutes later 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!
We hope you all enjoyed the show!
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 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.
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.
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…
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).
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.
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!
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…
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!
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.
A view of tonight’s fireworks over Little Harbor from Wednesdays in MHD
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/
Sunset sky over Marblehead harbor…
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…