Things to do: Beyond the Fourth of July

Jul 4, 2019

There’s a lot to do this week, even after the Fourth of July. For a full itinerary see

Friday, July 5

Climb Ned’s Point.

The Coast Guard Auxiliary will hold a tour of Ned’s Point from 4 to 7 p.m. Schedule is subject to the availability of U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Personnel and weather conditions and may change without advance notice. Children must be 48 inches tall to climb the steps and ladder to the lamp room. There will also be a tour on Saturday July, 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Tuesday, July 9 from 3 to 7 p.m.   

See old cars. 

Gather with car enthusiasts who collect and care for special automobiles both old and new at the Mattapoisett Town Wharf from 5 to 9 p.m. 

See fireworks. 

The Marion Independence Day Fireworks will take place on Silvershell Beach at around 9 p.m. The parking lot will close after 5, reopening only for handicap parking. Vendors will be on-site providing dinner, desserts, and light up toys for children. Bands will also provide music until the show. 

Saturday, July 6

See and shop art. 

The Marion Art Center will hold its summer artisan fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., offering wares from furniture to collages. The event will also include activities for kids, and will take place on the corner of Main and Spring streets. 

Appreciate games. 

The Mattapoisett Free Public Library will host a teen game lounge celebration starting at noon. A variety of games and refreshments will be provided for students to enjoy. 

Tuesday, July 9

Shop for produce. 

The Junior High School parking lot will host the Farmers’ Market every from 3 to 6 p.m. The farmers’ market hosts a rotating cast of vendors. The market also offers a variety of activities for families and kids, including a storytime from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. and an exotic animal hour from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. 

Wednesday, July 10

Learn about stars. 

The Museum of Science will offer two presentations at 11 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. at Center School to show off its portable planetarium and teach children ages 6 and up about the stars. Space is limited to 25 participants per session. Contact the library to sign up.

Learn about birds. 

The Marion Natural History Museum will hold a program about the birds of Bird Island for children ages five and up. The program will start at 1 p.m. at the museum. Participants will then walk to the harbormaster’s office to tour Bird Island. Participants should bring a properly fitting life jacket and hat. Suggested donations are $12 for museum members and $15 for non-members. Registration forms are available at

Hear a rehearsal. 

The Buzzards Bay Music Fest will kick off with an open rehearsal at 235 Front Street at 2:30 p.m. Musicians and non-musicians alike can appreciate the glimpse into the group outside of the concert and the chance to talk with musicians afterwards. Organizers request that children attend with an adult.

Hear a concert. 

Hours after their rehearsal, the Music Fest orchestra will present the first concert in the series, starting with orchestral works. The performance will start at 8 p.m., also in the Fireman Performing Arts Center at 235 Front Street.