Marblehead Fireworks Committee announces details about the July 4th Fireworks

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 2023:

Sunset on July 4th is at 8:24 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 compared to pre-pandemic times, and are 15 minutes later than in previous years to allow for a better viewing experience!

High tide on July 4th is at 12:39 PM and low tide is at 6:31 PM, so please take the falling tide into consideration when anchoring for the fireworks in the afternoon. 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 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

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!