The Hull Harbor Illumination will be this Saturday July 28th. It happens only one night a year… The magical, mysteriously meaningful Harbor Illumination. The celebration begins at the museum at 4 pm in the afternoon, with tours of Simple Machines and Breeches Buoy Reenactments. At 6 pm in the evening, we gather at Hull Cemetery, accompanied by the Point Allerton Coast Guard Color Guard, to honor Joshua James, and place flags at all graves of the Mass Humane Society, US Life-Saving Service, and USCG personnel. at 7 pm, flare-lighters begin to array themselves around the lovely crescent of Hull Bay, from the Spinnaker Island Bridge to A Street. And, at sunset, the magic begins – darkness broken by pinpoints of light, silence filled with the reedy evocative tones of the bagpipe.
The flares help us Honor, Celebrate, and Remember. Some people’s flares honor a beloved parent, others a place of great meaning, and some just shout Yes! to the night, a silent saslute to this moment of collective beauty we all create together.
Flares cost $10 each. You can purcahse a flare online Hull’s Lifesaving museum
Schedule of events
Station Open House
Point Allerton U.S. Life-Saving Station
4 – 6 pm
The Station welcomes all for an Open House from 4 to 6 pm. Tour the museum, reenact a rescue in the breeches buoy, and browse through our museum store’s collection of nautical books, t-shirts, mugs, water bottles, sea glass jewelry, and other seashore-inspired treasures.
Volunteer flare-lighters can swing by to find a location where they can best assist the Illumination lighting.
Daddy’s Dogs food cart will be on hand, so plan an early evening picnic at the Station.
USCG Commemoration Ceremony
6 – 6:45 pm
At 6 pm, we gather at Hull Cemetery, accompanied by the Point Allerton Coast Guard Color Guard, to honor Joshua James and place flags at all graves of Mass Humane Society, U.S. Life-Saving Service, and USCG personnel.
A Street Pier to James Landing
Team Captains will be setting up flares at 7 pm as volunteer flare-lighters array themselves around the lovely crescent of Hull Bay, from A Street Pier to James Landing. And, at sunset, the magic begins – darkness broken by pinpoints of light, silence filled with the reedy, evocative tones of the bagpipe, being rowed around the Bay to summon the lights.
“After Party!” At
Sea Dog Brew Pub
A Street Pier 9 pm – 12 am
Early birds can arrive at 7 pm to enjoy a spectacular view of the Illumination. Others can join in the revelry at the official After-Party on the 2nd floor, Bay View Room at Sea Dog Brew Pub. Larry’s Closet will be performing live. $5 cover. There’s no better view of the Bay… Valet parking available.