Escorted by police, World War II veterans Bob Falkenberg and Herb Foster will ride in a Jeep down Main Street and back to the Edgartown School.

The sound of blaring sirens and horns echoed from Edgartown to Vineyard Haven Tuesday afternoon as a long line of police, fire and rescue vehicles wound through the mostly empty streets. But this was no emergency — it was parade to pay tribute to workers on the front lines of the pandemic.

The Edgartown Fourth of July parade — one of the Island’s premier summer events — has been canceled, the last in a long line of signature festivities to be cut from the summer calendar.


With summer in full swing, complaints and concerns about Chappy ferry lines, parade floats, boat ramps and more kept the Edgartown selectmen busy at their meeting Monday.


Thirty years ago this week, the Vineyard was under siege by developers. Worried that the big money was winning, a group of Islanders led by the late Michael Wild decided to take their battle public in the Fourth of July parade. Steve Ewing narrates.

The Edgartown parade will start promptly at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, with thousands expected to attend. Children's parades will take place in Aquinnah and Oak Bluffs.