Many towns on the Massachusetts South Shore celebrate the nation’s Independence Day by having a July 3rd bonfire.
That may or may not be legal in your town, and I advise you to check with local authorities before assembling a 20-foot Inferno… or just be really sneaky, get a few scouts on either end of the road and build the fire very quickly before the police arrive.
One thing that can screw up a bonfire is a bad tide. Ideally, a bonfire is lit at night, but not so late at night that it does not provide entertainment for the children.
That part isn’t hard, unless there is a 9 p.m. high tide. You either have to light the bonfire at 6 p.m. or drink beer until 1 a.m. and light it then. Not much good comes from lighting 20-foot bonfires at 1 a.m.
However, Uncle Sam is smiling on the Irish Riviera this year, as tides look to be ideal for bonfires.
Here are some local July 3rd tides, information, which is of course useful to people who aread not assembling semi-legal conflagrations.
Brant Rock, 3:53 PM
Scituate Harbor, 3:47 PM
Plymouth Harbor, 3:39 PM
Hull, 3:53 PM
Hingham, 3:57 PM
Cape Cod Canal, East, 3:47 PM
Cohasset, 3:52 PM
This puts low tide pretty close to 10 PM for most of these places.