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Best Things to Do Fourth of July on Cape Cod

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!

Fourth of July Fireworks on Cape Cod

Friday, June 28
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!
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Tuesday, July 2
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.
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Thursday, 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.
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Thursday, July 4
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.
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Fourth of July Parades on Cape Cod

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. More info>

CHATHAM: One of the oldest Independence Day parades in the country! The 2024 theme is “Timeless Chatham: It's A Shore Thing.“ The procession starts at 9:30 along Main Street, Chatham.  More info>

CENTERVILLE:  Parade starts at 10:30 a.m. at Centerville Elementary School with a flag-raising and Pledge of Allegiance. The parade will go along Bumps River Road, Park Avenue and Main Street to the Centerville Recreation Center. 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 5 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! More info>

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. 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. More info>

ORLEANS: The July 4th Parade showcases the pride of the Orleans community and is full of music, celebration, and fun!  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>

PROVINCETOWN:  The festive and colorful July 4th parade kicks off at 11 a.m. down Commercial Street . More info>

SANDWICH: The 4th of July "Spirit of Sandwich" parade starts at 10:30 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. After the parade, the Henry T. Wing School will be the site of a midday family picnic. More info>

WELLFLEET HOMETOWN HOLIDAY PARADE: The nostalgic classic car parade begins at 9:30 a.m. and the float parade starts at 10 a.m. The route begins at the Town Pier, runs up Holbrook Avenue, turns right on Main Street, continues down Main Street, turns right on East Commercial Street, and ends where is began at the pier. More info>

Other Independence Day Fun on Cape Cod

4th of July in Downtown Hyannis

Downtown Hyannis will offer lively music on Main Street and at the Hyannis Village Green Bandstand from 4 to 7:30 pm.  Admission is FREE! The street will be open to traffic and regular parking. Pop-up musical performances and deejays will be stationed in locations along Hyannis Main Street during dinner hours. A variety of musical genres will be featured with live performances by local musicians, deejays and community groups. Giant puppets, jugglers, a magician and other roaming entertainers will delight residents and visitors alike throughout the afternoon and evening. The Yarmouth Minutemen will host an educational immersive re-enactment on the Village Green, including colonial life and non-firing musket and cannon drilling. Performances on the Bandstand will include the Cape Cod Ukulele Club and the Cape Cod Moonlighters Big Band, followed by Community Drumming with Sam Holmstock. All are welcome to visit, learn, and play at the Village Green Outdoor Play Oasis at the Hyannis Public Library and to visit the HyArts Artist Campus, including the Guyer Barn with pop-up programs featured by the Cultural Center of Cape Cod. The Artist Shanties at the Overlook and at Bismore Park will offer shoppers plenty to choose from. More info>

Cape Symphony and Town of Barnstable Joy4July” Celebration at Aselton Park 
The 2024 Town of Barnstable Fourth of July Celebrations will culminate with “Joy4July”, a free outdoor concert by Cape Symphony, led by Joe Marchio, Conductor, and featuring special guest Matthew Levesque. The 7:30 pm performance, blending pop, Broadway, patriotic, and Americana music, is free and no tickets are required. Drivers with a valid handicap placard are welcome to park in the Armory lot on South Street, across from Town Hall. The Barnstable Adult Community Center will provide free shuttle service to and from the entrance at the  Cape Cod Maritime Museum. More info>

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.,  Falmouth @ Cotuit at 5 p.m., Brewster @ Harwich at 6:30 p.m., Yarmouth - Dennis @ Hyannis at 6 p.m., Wareham @ Bourne at 6 p.m., Orleans @ Chatham at 7 p.m. Full schedule here>

Cotuit Firecracker Classic Road Race

Join the Independence Day weekend tradition in the beautiful village of Cotuit. The approximately 5K course is fast and mostly flat and provides runners with a lovely tour through the village to finish at historic Lowell Field, the home of the Cotuit Kettleers Cape League Baseball team. Kids events and adult runs kick off at 6 pm. More info>

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! More info>


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