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Want best fireworks? Head to Marblehead

Posted by Caitlin Rung  June 29, 2011 10:04 AM

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Photos provided by the Marblehead Fireworks Committee.

Marblehead Harbor provides a beautiful backdrop for the fireworks on the Fourth.

In the July 2011 issue of Coastal Living Magazine, Marblehead was ranked one of the top 15 places nationwide to celebrate the Fourth of July. Marblehead was again the only place in New England to make the list.

The annual Marblehead Festival of Arts will be held over the weekend with a preview on Thursday, June 30 starting at 6:30 p.m. at Abbot Hall. The festival includes several art exhibits, outdoor music concerts near Marblehead Harbor, a film festival, a writers’ festival, a street festival, a children’s festival, an artisans’ marketplace, and other cultural activities for families.

See Jeff Folger of VistaPhotography's slideshow of Marblehead fireworks: Click here.

The festival events run from 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday, July 1 and Saturday, July 2 and 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Sunday, July 3 and Monday, July 4 at venues throughout Marblehead.

On July 4th, the Harbor Illumination, which features the lighting of red flares, is scheduled to start at 8:45 p.m. The fireworks are scheduled to start around 9 p.m. Ideal public viewing spots for watching the fireworks are Fort Sewall, Chandler Hovey Park, and Crocker Park


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The Marblehead Harbor Illumination, where red flares are lit all around the harbor.


High tide on July 4th is at 2:20 p.m. and low tide is at 8:20 p.m. Please note the times of both when docking boats anywhere near Brown’s Island or other places that have tidal flats. The US Coast Guard and Marblehead Harbormaster have established a safety zone around the fireworks barge, so use caution when entering or leaving Marblehead harbor and avoid the safety zone.

The members of the Fireworks Committee are appointed annually by the Marblehead Board of Selectmen. The committee works to solicit funds from individuals, local groups and businesses to support the annual Fourth of July fireworks display and harbor illumination. The full list of all 810 donors is available on the Fireworks Committee website. Donations to the Fireworks Committee can be sent in care of the Marblehead Board of Selectmen at Abbot Hall.

The fireworks will be designed and launched by Atlas PyroVision Productions. For more information, including parking and traffic tips and details on the viewing locations, visit the Fireworks Committee’s website. If the fireworks are canceled due to severe weather conditions, an announcement will be posted on the website and the rain date is planned for July 5th.

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