The morning has already been busy for emergency responders with a fire call to the Atlantic restaurant and other various routine emergency calls. Town is very crowded so please travel cautiously and bring your patience along for the ride.
Once again Edgartown will host the annual Fourth of July parade and fireworks today and hopefully the weather will cooperate.
We are encouraging people planning to attend to expect heightened security measures and allow extra time to get to your destination. People should expect traffic delays and road closures beginning at 3 pm and lasting until approximately 11 pm.
Parking will be prohibited along the parade route beginning at 3 pm sharp. There will be no parking for any vehicles for one block on either side of the parade route. Vehicles parked on the parade route or within a one-block perimeter, will be towed at the owner’s expense.
Suspicious bags, coolers, or personal belongings, etc. left unattended will be removed.
The parade route will be closed to traffic at 4:15 pm, 45 minutes before the start of the parade.
We strongly suggest that visitors use public transportation to avoid traffic and parking congestion. We urge those driving to the event to use the town parking lot off Dark Woods Road, near the Triangle business area. Shuttle buses are available to take visitors downtown.
The Vineyard Transit Authority has added extra buses for the parade and fireworks.
For the parade, buses will pick up and drop off at the head of Cannonball Park.
For the fireworks, the bus stop and taxi parking will be located on Church Street, just off Main Street, beginning at 7 pm and lasting until after the show, which begins at dusk on the harbor.
Main Street will be reopened to traffic following the parade, but North Water Street, and the streets adjacent to it, will remain closed to traffic until after the fireworks.
For the parade, handicapped parking is available on Upper Main Street adjacent to Cannonball Park. A police officer located at the intersection of Upper Main Street and Cook Street will be available for assistance. Handicapped parking for the fireworks is available at the Dock Street lot at the foot of Main Street, beginning at 7 pm. Handicapped placards must be visible to officers at the North Main Street and North Water Street intersection.
Edgartown bars and restaurants will be allowed to serve alcohol until 1 am, and must close by 2 am on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
We ask everyone to be vigilant and please report any suspicious activity to an officer. Call 911 for emergencies or (508) 693-1212 for non-emergency. (2 photos) ... See MoreSee Less
School Officer Stephanie Immelt with Edgartown Kindergarten June 2011.