Looking for ways to make the most of your seaside Independence Day celebrating on Cape Cod? From village parades and jaw-dropping fireworks displays to patriotic concerts that will have you singing right along, here's a round-up of just some of the ways you can show your red, white and blue stripes this Fourth of July!

Fireworks & Fun at VETERANS FIELD, CHATHAM - Postponed (tentative new date  is Thursday August 5, 2021)
Enjoy children's activities, 6 pm to 8:30 pm; Dan Clark, The "Singing Trooper" -  8 pm to 9 pm and Fireworks Spectacular at 9 pm. Brink a blanket or a lawn chair and a picnic or support the Chatham Anglers with a visit to the concession stand for snacks or dinner.

Friday, July 2 (Postponed - new date TBA)
Parking at the high school will begin at 8 pm, with fireworks starting around 8:45 pm. No vendors or other entertainment this year, but the display promises to be as spectacular as ever - so bring a picnic basket and make a night out of it! More info>

Sunday, July 4
Bring your blanket and enjoy a patriotic fireworks display at dusk overlooking scenic Hyannis Harbor. Prior to the display, the Town Band performs a patriotic concert on the Bandstand from 5 to 6 p.m., followed by special guests Mamma’s Marmalade. In addition to Aselton Park, the best spots to view the evening's display are Bismore Park and Veteran’s Park Beach. More info>

Saturday, July 10
If you can’t make it to Rock Harbor, you also have a great vantage point from Skaket Beach. Note: The sunset will be as awe-inspiring as the fireworks display. Rain date July 13. More info>

Festively decorated floats, marching bands, clowns, illuminated boats and dogs dressed as Uncle Sam are just some of the sights you may see at these patriotic parades,

9:30 to 11:30 a.m. along Main Street, Chatham. One of the oldest Independence Day parades in the country! 2021 theme is “Chatham: From Shell-tering in Place by the Sea to Celebrating a New Beginning”. More info>

A 1.2 mile parade of decorated cars, floats, police and fire vehicles will leave the Barnstable County Courthouse Complex parking lot at 10 a.m. and travel east on Route 6A, turn left on Millway then right on Commerce Road back to Route 6A, right on Route 6A through the village to turn left on Parker Road, continue on to Church Street, turn right on Route 149, right on Route 6A and returning to the county parking lot. 

COTUIT: The parade begins at 10 a.m. on School Street (some walkers and fire vehicles line up on High Street and then turn onto School Street), then left on Main Street and continues down Main Street to the prior Cotuit Elementary School.

HYANNIS HARBOR & ASELTON PARK: Starting at 2 p.m. the traditional Hyannis Marina Boat Parade will take place in Hyannis Harbor

HYANNIS PORT MINI-MARATHON & PARADE: The traditional fun run starts at the Post Office at 9 a.m., followed by the parade at 11 a.m., beginning at the Hyannisport Post Office on Longwood Avenue; taking a left onto Washington Avenue; a right onto Lafayette Avenue; left onto Winchester Avenue; a left onto Scudder Avenue and continuing onto Dale Avenue to the West Beach Club, where it will end.

ORLEANS: Parade will kick off from Eldredge Parkway at 10 a.m. The parade will travel toward the lights at West Rd, then turn right onto Route 6A. Travels along Route 6A to the intersection of Route 6A and Main St, where it turns right. It then travels along Main St to the intersection of Route 28, where it then turns right. The parade then marches down Route 28, through the intersection of Tonset Road, turning right onto Daley's Terrace. It then loops around onto Marstons Way, crosses Eldredge Parkway and ends in the parking lot at Nauset Regional Middle School.  More info>

SANDWICH: "Spirit of Sandwich" parade starts at 4 p.m. from the Henry T. Wing School  on Water Street in Sandwich. Procession winds through downtown Sandwich via Main Street and Beale Avenue, and ending on Morse Road.

Family Activities are planned from 2 to 8 p.m. on the Hyannis Village Green and spanning across the mile-long Hyannis Main Street down to Hyannis Harbor. Parking bans will be in place from 7 to 11 p.m. on South Street, Ocean Street, Sea Street and all roads leading to and around Gosnold Street to accommodate foot traffic for the fireworks.

  • HYANNIS VILLAGE GREEN: Actvities for all ages include the Roaming Railway that loops around the Hyannis Village Green and Harbor Overlook brick pathway and the interactive Fun Zone with plenty of family-friendly games. The Town Band performs on the Bandstand from 5 to 6 p.., followed by special guests Mamma’s Marmalade.
  • MILE-LONG HYANNIS MAIN STREET: Starting at 4 p.m., Hyannis Main Street will come alive with activity as jugglers, stilt walkers and other revelry makers will be “Dancing in the Streets of Hyannis.” DJ stations and live musicians will be dotted along the mile-long pedestrian walkway and invite folks to dance along with them; enjoy the activities in the kids FunZone and encourage movement throughout the experience.

Celebrate the Fourth of July by enjoying America’s favorite pastime! Free games will be held across the Cape on Independence Day: Harwich @ Brewster 5 p.m., Cotuit at Falmouth 6 p.m., Yarmouth-Dennis @ Hyannis 6 p.m., Bourne @ Wareham 6:30 p.m., Chatham @ Orleans 7 p.m. Full schedule here >


Oh say can you see...more than 30 amazing sand sculptures all around Yarmouth along the town's annual Sand Sculpture Trail, reminding you that wherever you are on Cape Cod, you’re never far from the shore. Make a day of it and find them all - grab your camera if you want to enter the photo contest! More info>