Next week marks the busiest week on Martha’s Vineyard. With three main events happening, plus a presidential stay, don’t be surprised if traffic is a little hectic, or you find yourself standing next to a celebrity while waiting in line at your favorite coffee shop.
The week starts off with The Grand Illumination on Wednesday, August 14. Dating back to the turn of the 19th century this tradition takes place in the dreamlike gingerbread houses known as “the Campgrounds”. You’ll start the night off with the traditional sing along at seven in the Tabernacle. Sing along with hymns, folk songs, spirituals, rounds, and patriotic songs. Once the skies get dark, the oldest living member of the campgrounds is invited up on stage to light the first lanter. Suddenly you’ll find yourself surrounded by a technicolor world of homes lit up with lanterns strung from their porches, eaves, and balconies.
The next day, Thursday, August 14, marks the start of a favorite event for everyone. The 152nd annual Agricultural Society Fair, a 4 day event full of games, rides, competitions, concessions, concerts, and much more! For a full list of activities, CLICK HERE.
Last, but by no means least, is the August Fireworks display on Friday, August 15. Gather in and around Ocean Park for a truly jaw dropping, ear popping display of fireworks. This hour long display starts around 9:00 pm.
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