Fourth of July on Nantucket is reminiscent of our childhood memories – and you can re-live those happy times with a Nantucket Fourth of July celebration!

This day’s worth of events begin at 9 am with a reading of the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights at the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House on Orange Street. Around the corner on Main Street at 9:45,  trumpets playing Reveille will announce the official start of the Main Street events, beginning with a singing of the National Anthem – then, the fun begins!

Main Street is closed to cars for the events that include a dunk tank, face painting, watermelon eating, Matt Fee tea water fighttoss, pie eating and a puppet show and a bike decoration contest – so bring your crepe paper and paper flags!  The morning culminates with the Nantucket traditional Water Fight between two firefighting teams, one with a modern ladder truck and the other, with a antique hand pumper…if you are close to the action, be prepared to get wet!

Children’s Beach is the location for the afternoon activities including  races of all kinds –  three legged, potato sack, wheel barrow and plain old running, a tug-of-war and patriotic kite flying, all with music on the bandstand and inflatable balloon animals!

The FIREWORKS start at 9 pm at Jetties Beach – come early to get a good spot to spread out your blanket, bring snacks and dress in layers.  Happy Fourth from the Brass Lantern!