The Annual Fourth of July Parade in Marion is now set to be the Fifth of July Parade, after a significant change in the weather forecast now calls for Hurricane Arthur-related weather to put a damper on the day’s festivities.
The parade will depart on Saturday morning at 9:00 am from the same location, the field beside the Town House, and head east on Main Street to Spring Street north to Route 6. It then turns down Front Street south back to Main Street.
The Marion Horse Show at Washburn Park is also postponed until Saturday, when it will begin at 8:30, its originally scheduled time.
At this time, the Mattapoisett Road Race is still on for Friday morning, starting at Shipyard Park at 9:00 am.
The New Bedford fireworks have been officially postponed until Saturday at 9:00 pm, and Middleboro has postponed its fireworks at the Thomas S. Peirce Playground until Saturday night at 10:00 pm.
The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) reports that the now category-one hurricane is heading up the east coast and will make its closest approach to Massachusetts southeast of Nantucket around 2:00 am Saturday morning.
Heavy rain is expected to precede the storm and there is still a 40 percent chance that tropical storm-force winds will affect the Tri-Town region. Heavy rain remains the biggest threat to the area.
We will update this story as we receive reports of any other changes in the 4th of July events scheduled for the area.
By Jean Perry