Highlights From Independence Day in Marblehead
Blue skies, happy families, and costumed children ushered in Independence Day in Marblehead after two prior years of celebrations limited by the pandemic. The morning began with a stunning sunrise, and National Grand Bank’s parking lot filled up a few hours later as a well-attended Horribles Parade got underway. With themes ranging from Marblehead pride, Top Gun, and The Little Mermaid, to Ukraine solidarity, the Supreme Court, and Roe v. Wade, the Horribles Parade had it all. As is customary, children threw candy at those watching from the sidelines, and a fire and police contingent led the way, with a fiddler playing Yankee Doodle Dandy toward the back. Along the parade route, many a canine also seemed to be enjoying the action.
All over Marblehead, people celebrated in their neighborhoods, some with their very own parades and events. In the Clifton Heights area, families got together to mark more than 100 years of Independence Day celebrations in their part of town. Sponsored by the Clifton Heights Improvement Association, the festivities included a parade, costumes and prizes, music, a watermelon-eating contest, an egg toss, and other activities for all ages.
At Crocker Park, bands played much of the day and into the evening with the fireworks capping off the three-day extravaganza. See our photo gallery above.