Summer is in full swing on Nantucket, July features a range of events for everyone to enjoy weekly, kicked off by the infamous Fourth of July activities.
July 4th Schedule of Events
9am: 16th Annual Reading of the Declaration of Independence, Unitarian Church at 11 Orange Street
10am: Main Street Festivities: Watermelon Eating Contest, Face Painting, Pie Eating Contest, Tea Toss, and Dunk Tank
10:30am: NanPuppet Show at The Methodist Church at the corner of Main Street & Center Street
11am: Bike Decorating Contest on Federal Street
12pm: Water Fight on Main Street
4:30pm: Balloon Wizard, Bobby Lamb, at Children’s Beach
5pm: Relay Races at Children’s Beach, including Potato Sack Race, Wheel Barrow Race and Tug-O-War
6pm: Nantucket Music Center Jazz Band at Children’s Beach Bandstand
July 5th Fireworks Schedule
Fireworks will begin at 9pm at Jetties Beach
Listen to 97.7 WACKFM to hear the musical accompaniment to the Fireworks show.
Catch the Wave shuttle bus to Jetties Beach for the Fireworks, which will depart from Broad Street every 10 – 15 minutes.
Nantucket Yoga Festival July 6th – July 8th
Get your zen on. The Nantucket Yoga Festival brings together the very best yoga instructors, wellness experts and healthy living guides for one inspiring weekend. By coming together to explore ways to find a happier, healthier more peaceful way of living we can begin to affect positive change in our community and ultimately in the world around us.
Nantucket Comedy Festival July 11-14
The Nantucket Comedy Festival is a non-profit organization that uses comedy to empower, engage, and inspire through its annual festival and the year-round Stand Up & Learn™ workshops. Our Vision is a community connected by laughter.
Nantucket Triathlon July 21st
The 10th Annual Nantucket Triathlon is broken up into three events. Join the fun or cheer on the athletes!
Swim Course (Sprint distance = .33 miles):
The race start will be on the beach to the LEFT of the west Jetty. Racers will be corralled in a “chute” down towards the water and “penned” in groups by age pending a “wave” start format. Swim waves will be sent off at 3 minute intervals on a buoy-marked course to the LEFT of the west Jetty. Water temperatures should be between 63-65 degrees. We highly recommend wetsuits. When the athletes have completed the swim they will exit the water, run up the beach and to the upper parking lot near the tennis courts and into the transition area.
Bike Course (Sprint distance = 13.4 miles):
The athletes will exit the transition area and mount their bikes in a designated “mount” zone near the entrance to the upper parking lot. The athletes will ride their bikes out Bathing Beach Road to North Beach Street, down North Beach to Easton, right on Easton to Cliff Road, right on Cliff Road to the intersection of Madaket Road and Cliff Road. At the intersection of Madaket Road and Cliff Road, the racers will bear right and head out Madaket Road to Millie’s Restaurant where they will turn around (a cone will be in the road) and head back to Jetties Beach via the same route.
Run Course (Sprint distance = 3.4 miles):
Once back at the upper parking lot at Jetties, the athletes will re-rack their bikes and head back out on their run. Athletes will head back out taking a right onto Bathing Beach Road to North Beach, bear left onto North Beach to the end, right on Easton, right up Cliff Road, right on Cabot Lane, left on Grant Ave., around Lincoln Circle, right on Nantucket Ave., left back onto Cliff Road, left on Chester Street at the bottom of Cliff Road and onto Easton, down to the end of Easton near Brant Point, left on Hulbert Ave., at the Brant Point Rotary right on Bathing Beach Road left into the upper parking lot to the finish line. This run course is very similar to the Brant Point Runners weekly run.
Nantucket Dance Festival July 24th – July 28th
Join us for the eleventh year of the Nantucket Atheneum Dance Festival featuring Artistic Director Tyler Angle and world class stars from the New York City Ballet, Houston Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and Pacific Northwest Ballet.
The festival includes free programs for all ages and culminates with two evening performances. Tickets go on sale July 1st. This year’s performances includes dance pieces from classical and contemporary choreographers and the dancers will be accompanied by live music for the majority of the program.
The Nantucket Atheneum Dance Festival, the library’s major fundraising event, brings the best of ballet – dancers, musicians and choreographers – to the island for performances in an intimate, air conditioned venue.