The annual Aquinnah Fourth of July parade will begin in the usual place on Old South Road on Thursday at 9 a.m. Enjoy the American flags, the parade of vehicles, face painting, music and the treasure hunt.

Congratulations to Senator Edward Markey, who certainly won the confidence of Vineyarders.

Martha’s Vineyard Museum will present Mementos from Around the Globe for the summer kids program beginning on July 3. The first week will feature items brought back to the Vineyard by sailors and whalers. The program is for children ages 5 to 12. For reservations and further information, please call 508-627-4441, extension 110.

Get well wishes go to Nancy Delaney, who was admitted to Martha’s Vineyard Hospital on Saturday.

Eric and Bobbie Malkin returned to their home in Boynton Beach, Fla., on Saturday after a two-week stay with Hannah Malkin. They enjoyed their favorite dining places, as well as shopping and just relaxing.

Noah James Manning enjoyed his Minecraft birthday party amid family and friends at Gus BenDavid’s World of Reptiles. The children were all rather attentive as Gus displayed his variety of reptiles and other animals. The birds in the outdoor yard are especially unique and it certainly is a great Vineyard adventure not to be missed.

Congratulations to Alyssa Mayrand, daughter of Mike and Carol, upon her new position as the grade one/two teacher at the Martha’s Vineyard Public Charter School. Alyssa was in the very first class at the charter school and is excited to begin her career teaching there.

Av and Dora Morrow are safely ensconced in their family home DoraLu Manor for the summer. It was so nice to see them on Saturday.

Robert Schiller, his wife Susan and their family have arrived for the summer at their Aquinnah home.

Orrin Thomas Sheehan arrived recently for his Vineyard debut at four months old. He is the son of Kevin Sheehan and Jeffie Butler, the younger brother of Maeve Sheehan, and the grandson of Lenny and Mallory Butler. They returned to their home in Aspen, Colo., to await the arrival of Grandma Mallory, who arrived home on Monday after spending a week with the Sheehan family in Aspen and visiting with her daughter Nina Butler.

Happy 32nd anniversary wishes to Barry and Dorothy Sullivan, who celebrated their special day on June 27.

Happy birthday wishes this week to Marilyn Maynard, who will be celebrating a major milestone on June 29. Kenny Ivory will celebrate his special day on July 1, as will Elaine Vanderhoop. Albert Hutchinson will observe a major milestone on July 2. Robbie Manning will be seven years old on July 3 and shares the day with Deborah Ratcliff and Marissa Kaeka. Marianna Thomas, Janie Anderson, Celeste Glavin, Mae Alice Baird and Michael Norkus will all celebrate on July 4.

Have a safe and happy Fourth of July. Enjoy the parades and patriotism across the Vineyard and beyond.