Celebrate Independence Day by the sea with parades, fresh fare, contests, and activities that will keep you entertained from morning to fireworks.
Showtime: At 8:45 p.m., the red flares of The Harbor Illumination signal everyone to take their seats. Fireworks are launched about 9 p.m.
Best view: Go early and stake out a bench, or bring a blanket and find a spot in Chandler Hovey Park to watch the lights over Marblehead Light Tower. Or settle in on a patch of grass at Fort Sewall or Crocker Park.
After the show: Grab a draft beer or glass of wine and people-watch outside at The Landing Restaurant on the harbor at Front Street; marbleheadfireworks.org