Thunderstorms, hail, rain forecasted

Onset Blessing of the Fleet, Bonfire moved to Sunday

Jul 1, 2022

Onset’s celebrations of Independence Day are being postponed to Sunday due to forecasted thunderstorms, high winds and hail on and off on Saturday and Saturday night.

First up this weekend is the Onset Blessing of the Fleet, where boats will course through Onset Bay Sunday morning at 10 a.m. Staging for boats will begin at 9:30 a.m. Those who have signed up should expect more information by email. 

Reverend Kathleen Hoffman from the First Spiritualist Church of Onset will perform the blessings.

A kid’s pet, bike and doll carriage parade will follow the fleet blessing, and kids, parents and other paradegoers are encouraged to dress up for the day.

The Onset Bay Association will hand out prizes for categories like “best decorated” and “best dressed” after the parades. A bonfire is scheduled to begin at dusk on Shell Point Beach.

Boats can be registered ahead of time by emailing your name, boat name, boat type and phone number.

At dusk, a bonfire will be held on Shell Point Beach. That event is also hosted by the Onset Bay Association. 

There are also festive events set for Monday, July 4.

The Wareham Historical Society will host its 44th annual Antique Faire from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine. The fair will be held on the Town Green at the intersection of Main Street and Gibbs Avenue.  A $4 admission fee also includes a tour of the Fearing Tavern Museum on Elm Street.

Francis McNamee will be appraising antiques: one item for $5 or three for $10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Kids will have the chance to cruise through the Swifts Beach neighborhood for their own Fourth of July Parade. The Swifts Beach Improvement Association will host its annual parade at 10 a.m. starting at the clubhouse, 38 Pleasant St. The organization encourages everyone who comes to dress up for the occasion, with prizes available for best dressed attendees.

No fireworks are planned for this weekend due to staffing issues, but fireworks are set for the Harvest Moon Festival in September.