Kick Up Your Feet and Have a Great Fourth of July

Fourth of July? If you are a kid, all you need to know is they do toss candy in the parade through Edgartown, so bring a bag for your stash. If you have kids, you need to know that cars are a no-no after 3 p.m. in Edgartown, so take the bus or park at the Triangle or beyond.

Food? Pick up a picnic from Soigne or Stop & Shop, or just buy lobster rolls (at St. Elizabeths on Main street), burgers (across the road at the Daniel Fisher House) or shellfish (at the Anchors on Daggett street, post-parade, pre-fireworks). There’s plenty of nice nosheries too but the lines might be long.

Music? At the Whaling Church, the Vineyard Haven Band plays before and after the parade, gratis.

The parade route? Marchers (including the famous Jabberwocky campers pictured above) leave Edgartown School at 5 p.m., follow Peases’ Point Way downtown where it loops around the Harbor View, joining Main street at North Water street. It then follows Main Street out of town, back to the school.

Fireworks? Sunset, any patch of beach will do.