Independence Day Celebrations

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Monday July 3rd
Fireworks at Jetties Beach 9PM
(rain date Wednesday July 5th)
The Fireworks will be synchronized to music on the radio. Bring your radio and listen to 97.7 WACK fm. Enjoy the show!

Please bring a blanket or chair and remember to bring an extra bag for your trash. Help keep our beautiful island clean.

The display will be launched from a barge anchored one mile offshore. If there is fog, the fireworks might be delayed up to one and half hours until it clears. You can see that update on Channel 99,, listen to 97.7FM WACK or follow on Twitter @nantucketbuzz #ACKfireworks. If there is extreme bad weather on July 3rd, a postponement will be announced by 6:00PM in conjunction with Visitor Services, the Fire Department, the Marine Department and the Police Department. The fireworks will then be held on the evening of Tuesday, July 5, at 9:00 PM, weather permitting.  We ask for the community’s patience in advance. 

Catch The Wave bus to the Fireworks!
Beginning at 6:00 PM, NRTA busses will leave the Whaling Museum on Broad Street approximately every 10-15 minutes. The Jetties Beach stop is at the corner of Bathing Beach Road and Hulbert Avenue.  

Fares are $1 each way, 50 cents for Senior Citizens. Children under 6 are free.

After the event buses will depart Bathing Beach Road and Hulbert Avenue and return to Broad Street approximately every 20-30 minutes until 11:00 p.m.  

Remember patience if you have to wait.

For real time bus locations go to the browser on your mobile phone and type in or visit

Tuesday July 4th
Main Street Activities
  • 9:00am — 15th Annual Reading of the Declaration of Independence, Unitarian Church
  • 10:00am - 11:45am — Festivities on Main Street begin, including: Dunk Tank, Watermelon Eating Contest, Face Painting, Pie Eating Contest, Matt Fee Tea Toss, Puppet Show,  and MORE! 
  • 11:00am – Bike Decoration Contest (including tricycles and wagons)
  • 11:45am – Water Fight between Town firefighters and the Boynton Lane Reserves.

Children’s Beach Activities

  • 5:00pm - 6:00pm —On the beach, there will be games for kids ages 6-12. Ribbons will be awarded!
    Running Races, Three-Legged Races, Potato Sack Race, Wheel Barrow Race and the infamous Tug-of-War! 
    Also…Near the bandstand, Balloon Wizard, Bobby Lamb will be on site to create animal shaped balloons for kids of all ages!
  • 6:00pm - Music by the Nantucket Music Chorus Jazz Band on the bandstand