Grand Illumination



The third Wednesday of August in the town of Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts, the celebration of Grand Illumination takes place.  At dusk and on cue, the electrical lights are doused within the Gingerbread Cottages surrounding the Martha’s Vineyard Camp Meeting Association Tabernacle and the Oriental Lanterns are illuminated.  They glow for 2-3 hours and then slowly fade to black as midnight approaches.

Musical entertainment begins an hour before.  A local band performs on stage under the Tabernacle.  Everyone is welcomed to sing-a-long.  “America the Beautiful”, “Yankee Doodle”.  It’s as “American as Apple Pie“.

Grand Illumination dates back to 1869.  During the early years, this celebration lead to conflict between the religious and secular folks of Oak Bluffs.  Over the centuries, the separation has melted away where now one and all share in this celebration of life!


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