Planning to be on Martha’s Vineyard for July 4th? The Island has all sorts of events and experiences leading up to the holiday that will enhance the fun and make America’s birthday a multi-day affair.
1) Celebrating with a backyard BBQ? Start your shopping at the West Tisbury Farmers’ Market on Saturday, June 30. Produce, pantry staples meats and more. It’s ‘one if by land two is by sea’ on the Cape Pogue Lighthouse Tour. Hop aboard the over-sand vehicle that takes you to the remote Cape Pogue Lighthouse. Though it’s not Bunker Hill, you’ll get to climb the spiral staircase of the old wooden lighthouse and scan the horizon as the keepers have done for centuries past.
2) On Sunday afternoon, July 1, stop by the Annual Summer Artisans Festivals at the West Tisbury Grange Hall where you can browse crafts and arts created by Island artisans. At 7 pm, head over to OB where The MV Sharks play baseball, America’s favorite sport, against the Nashua Silver Knights and, at 8 pm, the Vineyard Haven Town Band fills Owen Park with patriotic and traditional tunes.
3) On Monday, July 2, explore sites dedicated to the contributions made by people of color to the history of the Island with tours of the African American Heritage Trail. Come evening, head over to Featherstone Center for the Arts for its weekly Musical Monday concert, tonight welcoming Gordon Healy from 6-8 pm.
4) Tour the Martha’s Vineyard Camp Meeting Association’s Camp Ground on Tuesday, July 3. This unique walking tour takes you behind the scenes through the historic beginnings of these charming cottages. Meanwhile, in Edgartown at the Federated Church at noon take part in the fifth annual reading of the Frederick Douglass Speech: “The Meaning of the Fourth of July for the Negro,” first presented in 1852.