harbor illumination

Ring Around the Neck

Before the first volley of fireworks is launched overhead, Marblehead residents (with help from the Boy Scouts) light flares encircling the harbor. The red flares are perfectly balanced by the deep blues of the sky and water in this blue hour. This year, I captured the view around Chandler Hovey Park from across the harbor at Fort Beach. With it being low tide, I was able to make my way between rocks for a water level view of the boats waiting for the show and the lights reflected in the harbor.

By |2022-07-10T17:10:00-04:00July 11th, 2022|Categories: Fireworks|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Fireworks over the Harbor

With this year's fireworks set to start at low tide, I had a few ideas in mind all centered around Front Street. I explored various spots including the rocks at Fort Beach but made a last minute decision to start shooting from Lovis Cave next to the Barnacle. The first volleys began as the flares from the harbor illumination were still burning brightly so I composed a wider shot to include the flares at Fort Sewall as well as those at Chandler Hovey Park. I lucked out with this image capturing the red explosion and the leading tail of the [...]

By |2022-07-04T22:32:14-04:00July 4th, 2022|Categories: Fireworks|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Abbot and the Harbor Illumination

Two years ago, I decided to capture the annual harbor illumination and fireworks show from atop the causeway. I had on my longest lens and, when the flares were lit, took my time capturing endless scenes of this great tradition. Sadly, the harbor illumination will not be taking place this year due to COVID-19 restrictions and the very prudent attempts to limit gatherings.  At least we can recall the beauty of this tradition with this image of Abbot hall towering over the homes along Cliff Street with the water of Riverhead reflecting the red glow of the flares.

By |2020-06-28T22:07:38-04:00July 2nd, 2020|Categories: Traditions|Tags: , , |0 Comments

July Fourth Harbor Illumination

I've said it before but it bears repeating, my favorite part of the annual Independence Day celebration in Marblehead is the July fourth harbor illumination. In 2015, I had set up along Corinthian Lane and captured this 160 megapixel panorama of the entirety of Marblehead harbor lit with flares. The resolution on this image is incredible with 1:1 views showing people at Crocker Park! Hope you have a good spot picked out to celebrate the Fourth of July in Marblehead.

By |2019-06-23T14:06:41-04:00July 3rd, 2019|Categories: Fireworks, Traditions|Tags: , , |7 Comments

Magical Illumination

With temperatures due to pass 90 today and tomorrow, I was in the mood to look back at images from an equally warm Fourth of July this year. I have only shared one image of the harbor illumination that took place that night and thought this image would be a nice way to start the week. The sight of red flares lighting up the harbor remains my favorite part of the July 4th festivities in Marblehead. This year, I was able to capture the magical illumination on both sides of the harbor from my spot along the causeway and with [...]

By |2018-08-05T22:46:14-04:00August 6th, 2018|Categories: Fireworks|Tags: , , |10 Comments

Abbot over the Flares – Annual Harbor Illumination

Fireworks are used to celebrate Independence Day in just about every town in the United States but the annual harbor illumination makes Marblehead a truly unique spot to celebrate the birth of this country. I had decided to shoot the show from the causeway this year in large part because it offered some new vantage points for capturing the red flares encircling the harbor. At 8:45pm the red lights began to glow and hit their peak at 9:00pm. I was able to capture images of Marblehead Light, Fort Sewall, and this one of Abbot Hall standing tall over the flares [...]

By |2018-07-05T20:46:15-04:00July 6th, 2018|Categories: Fireworks|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Flares around the Harbor

I'm not sure about anyone else but time seems to be flying by as we approach the Fourth of July. The Festival of Arts begins this weekend and fireworks are due to be fired over the harbor in one week! I decided to look back in my 'to be published' folder for images from past Julys and found this shot of the harbor illumination with lit flares around the harbor leading up to the fireworks show. The harbor illumination is my favorite part of the night as it is such a unique Marblehead tradition. If you want to scout out [...]

By |2018-06-26T20:03:09-04:00June 27th, 2018|Categories: Fireworks|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Top 10 of 2017 – #3 Lighting up the Eastern Yacht Club

While the annual Marblehead Fireworks show is a perfect way to celebrate the Fourth of July, the Harbor Illumination that precedes it is a unique Marblehead tradition that has become my favorite part of the night.  Knowing that I would be shooting from the Pleon Yacht Club this year, I told note of the location of the flares set up by the boy scouts and had this composition in mind when the flares were lit.  The resulting scene with red flares and a blue sky with perfect reflections in the water of the harbor made for my third favorite image [...]

By |2017-12-20T11:04:28-05:00December 27th, 2017|Categories: Favorite|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Independence Day in Marblehead

I hope no one is tired of images from Independence Day in Marblehead.  Having decided to shoot from the Pleon pier this year, I had almost too many vantage points from which to capture the incredible display.  I shared my favorite shot of fireworks and an image of the harbor illumination but in this image, I was able to capture both (plus an illuminated Marblehead Light as a bonus). As this shot was taken early in the festivities (9:06pm), the flares were still going strong.  You can easily see the bright red glow along the edge of the pier but [...]

By |2017-07-16T20:55:29-04:00July 19th, 2017|Categories: Fireworks|Tags: , , |6 Comments