Blessing of the Fleet returns to Onset after pandemic, weather delays

Jul 3, 2022

After years of pandemic cancelations and a single-day delay due to Saturday’s inclement weather, the annual Blessing of the Fleet cruised through Onset Bay Sunday morning as part of the weekend’s holiday festivities.

Boats adorned with all things red, white and blue puttered past Onset Pier, receiving blessings from the Rev. Kathleen Hoffman of the First Spiritualist Church of Onset. Hoffman was joined on stage by Onset Bay Association executive director Kat Jones, who helped organize the event, and Bob Hayes, who served as the morning’s emcee.

On the docks, families cheered and shouted at the boats, as cries of “Happy Fourth of July” rang out across the pier.

“You can’t cancel Independence Day,” Jones said. “People really love (the blessing).”

After a line of more than 20 boats passed by the harbor, Jones announced that the winner of the boat parade’s decorations contest was the vessel “Living the Dream,” a 21-foot Sportsman.

Soon thereafter, a kid, pet and carriage parade and decorations contest began on land around the pier.

Nicole and Sage Calvin won the carriage parade, while Victoria Ajtum-Roberts won the kid parade. Yellow Labrador Rex Collins won the pet parade.