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 are our specialty! In fact, the Falmouth Fireworks display – now in its 38th year – was voted one of the 10 best fireworks displays in the country by Travel and Leisure Magazine. Plan to arrive early to stake out your viewing spot – all displays start at dusk.
Monday, July 1
MASHPEE HIGH SCHOOL, MASHPEE
The evening’s fun begins at 5 pm and also includes music, dunk tanks, carnival-style games, face painting, pony rides and food vendors – bring a picnic basket and make a night out of it! Rain date July 2.
Thursday, July 4
FALMOUTH HEIGHTS BEACH, FALMOUTH
The spectacular display goes off over Falmouth Heights Beach at dusk. Rain date July 5.
LEWIS BAY, HYANNIS
Bring your blanket and enjoy an entertaining pre-fireworks concert at 7 p.m. at Aselton Park, overlooking scenic Hyannis Harbor. In addition to Aselton Park, the best spots to view the evening’s display are Bismore Park and and Veteran’s Park Beach.
PROVINCETOWN HARBOR, PROVINCETOWN
Some of the best seats in the house are aboard the Dolphin Fleet, which offers a fireworks-only cruise at 8 p.m. (book in advance!) or from Pilgrim Monument, where the festivities also include live music and food.
SHAWME POND, SANDWICH
Set to go off at 9:30 p.m. over Shawme Pond, by the Hoxie House in Sandwich (Route 130). The fireworks are the culmination of a day-long line-up of July 4th festivities that also include a street parade, illuminated boat parade and town picnic!
FIREWORKS CRUISE ON PLEASANT BAY, ORLEANS
8 p.m. to 10:45 p.m. aboard Blue Claw Boat Tours, Nauset Marina, 235 Main Street, Orleans
Take a leisurely cruise to Pleasant Bay as dusk descends, then set anchor and enjoy refreshments as you watch your own private fireworks display.
Saturday, July 6
ROCK HARBOR, ORLEANS
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 7.
PARADES (listed below in order of start time)
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, all happening on July 4th.
Barnstable/West Barnstable 4th of July Parade
9 a.m. along Main Street, Barnstable
Chatham 4th of July Parade
9:30 to 11:30 a.m. along Main Street, Chatham
*One of the oldest Independence Day parades in the country!
Wellfleet 4th of July Parade
9:30 am along Main Street, Wellfleet and ending at the Wellfleet Town Pier
Bourne on the 4th of July Parade
10 a.m. along Main Street, Bourne
Centerville 4th of July Parade
10 a.m. from Centerville Elementary School, 658 Bay Lane, Centerville
Falmouth July 4th Bike and Carriage Parade
10 a.m. from the Falmouth Village Green, Main Street, Falmouth
Sandwich 4th of July Parade
10 a.m. from the Henry T. Wing School , Water Street, Sandwich
Cotuit 4th of July Parade
11 a.m. from Cotuit Post Office, 45 School Street, Cotuit
Provincetown 4th of July Parade
11 a.m. from East End, Harbor Hotel down Commercial Street, Provincetown
Hyannisport 4th of July Parade
11 a.m. from the Hyannisport Post Office (follows the Hyannisport Beach Club 2k Run route)
Woods Hole Parade
Starts at noon down Water Street in Woods Hole (organized by the Marine Biological Laboratory)
Hyannis Inner Harbor Boat Parade
Starts at 2 p.m. in Hyannis Harbor (best viewing is along Ocean Street at Hyannis Harbor)
Hyannis 4th of July Parade
4 p.m. from the intersection of Ocean and Main Streets, Hyannis
Sandwich Illuminated Boat Parade
9 p.m. in Shawmee Pond, Water and Grove Street, Sandwich