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 on Cape Cod!
Friday, June 23
MASHPEE HIGH SCHOOL, MASHPEE
Family fun starting at 5 pm includes a K-9 dog show, obstacle course, train rides, food trucks, and face painting, with the fireworks show starting at dusk!
Saturday, July 1 (Rain date July 5)
ROCK HARBOR, ORLEANS
If you can’t make it to Rock Harbor to view these fireworks, you also have a great vantage point from Skaket Beach. Note: The sunset just prior will be as awe-inspiring as the fireworks display.
Tuesday, July 4 (Rain date July 5)
FALMOUTH HEIGHTS BEACH, FALMOUTH
Rated one of the most spectacular displays in the country, this patriotic extravaganza kicks off at dusk over Falmouth Heights Beach. Bring a portable radio and tune in to PIXY 103 (102.9 FM) for a music show that accompanies the fireworks.
Tuesday, July 4
The July 4th revelry in Provincetown culminates in this crowd-pleasing display at dusk. Dolphin Fleet Whale Watch offers an annual fireworks whale watch cruise, where your prime viewing of breaching humpbacks is also a front seat to the fireworks over the harbor.
Tuesday, July 4
SHAWME POND, SANDWICH
The Peter Beauchemin Memorial Fireworks Display begins at 10 pm at Shawme Pond near the Hoxie House. Other events include a road race, a Fourth of July Spirit of Sandwich parade, a community picnic in the park, field games, a local band concert, and a boat parade on Shawme Pond before the fireworks. The boat parade is a cherished Sandwich tradition that began in the late 1800s.
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 across Cape Cod on July 4th.
BARNSTABLE VILLAGE: A 1.2 mile parade of decorated cars, floats, police and fire vehicles will leave the Barnstable County Courthouse Complex parking lot at 9 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.
CHATHAM: One of the oldest Independence Day parades in the country! The 2023 theme is “Timeless Chatham: Then, Now, and Beyond!“ The procession starts at 9:30 along Main Street, Chatham. More info>
COTUIT: The parade begins at 11 a.m. on School in front of the post office, then turns left on Main Street and continues down Main Street to the former Cotuit Elementary School. More info>
HYANNIS HARBOR BOAT PARADE: Starting at 2 p.m. the traditional Hyannis Marina Boat Parade will take place in Hyannis Harbor. A procession of boats decked out in a sea of red, white, and blue will wind their way around the inner 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 am. Route begins at the Hyannis Port Post Office on Longwood Avenue, turns left onto Washington Avenue, turns right onto Lafayette Avenue, left onto Winchester Avenue, left onto Scudder Avenue and then continues onto Dale Avenue to the West Beach Club.
ORLEANS: The July 4th Parade showcases the pride of the Orleans community and is full of music, celebration, and fun! The 2023 theme is "Red, White, Blue, and You!" The parade will kick off from Eldredge Parkway at 10 a.m. Procession 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: The 4th of July "Spirit of Sandwich" parade starts at 11 a.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. The parade will be highlighted by a float contest judging categories, including Most Creative, Most Patriotic, and Best Overall.
4th of JULY IN DOWNTOWN HYANNIS
Join us in the afternoon at the docks for a boat parade, and at the Village Green ad Harbor Overlook for a Family FunZone! Enjoy dinnertime on Main Street with festive live & DJ music. There will be a special evening concert at Aselton Park!
CAPE COD BASEBALL LEAGUE
Celebrate the Fourth of July by enjoying America’s favorite pastime! Free games will be held across the Cape on Independence Day: Brewster @ Harwich at 6:30 p.m., Cotuit @ Falmouth at 4:30 p.m., Harwich @ Brewster at 5 p.m., Yarmouth - Dennis @ Hyannis at 6 p.m., Bourne @ Wareham at 6 p.m., Chatham @ Orleans at 6:30 p.m.
Full schedule here>
YARMOUTH SAND SCULPTURE TRAIL
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!
FALMOUTH’S 3ND ANNUAL PATRIOTIC HOME & BUSINESS DECORATING CONTEST
A route map will be available showing Falmouth homes and businesses that have been decorated to showcase their patriotic pride! Prizes will be awarded.
Find the route map>
GOD SHED HIS GRACE ON THEE: TRACING THE HAND OF GOD IN THE FOUNDING OF AMERICA
Celebrate an Independence Day Service with Gloriæ Dei Cantores and other ensembles of Arts Empowering Life
at the Church of the Transfiguration in Orleans.
Tickets and more information>
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