Cape Cod is the place to be when celebrating the 4th of July! There are 4th of July parades around Cape Cod, fireworks and plenty of activities for families and singles looking to celebrate our nation’s independence. Grab a comfortable chair, some sunblock and snacks for the kids (don’t forget the water!!) and check out the local Cape Cod Parades 4th of July 2016. Many towns hosting parades have activities that take place once the parade is finished (such as the Hyannis parade and the Falmouth parade). Some local organizations in town even host pancake breakfasts beforehand so your bellies are full and you are ready to celebrate America’s birthday when it is parade time (such as the Chatham parade and the Orleans parade). Don’t forget to line up your after dinner plans and find a fireworks display near you to complete your 4th of July celebration. For a list of fireworks displays around the Cape, check out our Cape Cod Fireworks 2016 blog. Here is a list of the Cape Cod Parades 4th of July (in alphabetical order according to town) for you and your family to enjoy:
Barnstable Parade 4th of July
Time: 9 am (plan to get there by 8:30 am)
Location: County Complex on Railroad Avenue to Main Street (Route 6A), then left on to Mill Way to the Village Hollow
Parade Information: The Barnstable parade has floats of every size, motorcycles, walkers and even dogs participating in the festivities. Village Hollow, where the parade ends is hosting a variety of activities to enjoy and keep the celebration going!
Bourne Parade 4th of July
Time: 10 am
Location: Intersection of Academy Drive and Main St to Bourne Veterans Memorial Community Building
Parade Information: Main Street Buzzards Bay, where the parade takes place, will be buzzing with the sounds of sirens, fire trucks, horses and children giggling in delight because of this colorful and festive parade.
Centerville Parade 4th of July
Time: 10 am
Location: Centerville Elementary School
Parade Information: People planning on attending the parade may set up their chairs along the route as early as 5pm the day before. So get there early to secure a good spot! The parade starts at Peachtree Dr and finishes at Pages Ln. The route was extended, so there is more seating available for parade enthusiasts.
Chatham Parade 4th of July
Time: 9 am
Location: Starts at Chatham Lighthouse down Main Street up Crowell Road to Tip Cart Road
Parade Information: The Chatham 4th of July parade is one of the oldest in the United States. Chatham began hosting the annual parade in 1908, and is such a popular parade, the route was recently extended to accommodate all of its visitors. This year’s theme for the parade is “Freedom is Not Free.” Come on down and become a part of the tradition.
Cotuit Parade 4th of July
Time: 11 am
Location: Cotuit Post Office
Parade Information: The parade begins at the Post Office , down School St to Main Street. Take a left onto Main St., to the back entrance of the Cotuit Elementary School where the parade finishes.
Falmouth Parade 4th of July
Time: 10 am
Location: Starts at the Village Green down Main Street to Mragaret E. Noonan Park
Parade Information: Families and children of all ages dress in their best Uncle Sam garb to parade down Main Street from the Village Green to Margaret E. Noonan Park. After the parade, a patriotic song performance will take place at the Margaret E. Noonan Park for all to attend.
Hyannis Parade 4th of July
Time: 4 pm
Location: All along Main Street downtown Hyannis
Parade Information: The Hyannis 4th of July parade is the largest parade on Cape Cod. This is the 16th year the village of Hyannis has hosted this parade. Participants in the parade will be judged and awarded ribbons in a number of categories. The town bandstand in the Hyannis Village Green will host live musical performances and activities to keep the good times rolling until the fireworks display later this evening (see our Cape Cod Fireworks 2016 blog for details).
Hyannisport Parade 4th of July
Time: 11 am
Location: Starts at the Hyannisport Post Office
Parade Information: The Hyannisport Post Office is located on Longwood Ave. The parade continues left onto Washington Ave, takes a right onto Lafayette Ave, left onto Winchester Ave then a left on Scudder Ave and follow to Dale Ave to the West Beach Club. This is where the parade ends.
Orleans Parade 4th of July
Time: 10 am
Location: Eldredge Parkway, down Route 6A to Main Street then up Route 28 back to Eldredge Parkway
Parade Information: The Orleans parade will take place rain or shine! This parade is full of music, goodies for the kids and is always plenty of fun for the whole family.
Osterville Parade 4th of July
Time: 11:30 am
Location: Washington Avenue
Parade Information: The route starts on Washington Ave, turns right on Webster St., right onto Sea View Ave, then a right onto Warren Street then finally a right onto Washington Avenue where it ends.
Provincetown Parade 4th of July
Time: 11 am
Location: Starts at the Harbor Hotel and continues down Commercial Street to Franklin Street
Parade Information:This year’s parade theme is “Show Your Colors: Red, White and Blue!” The parade participants will be judged in the following categories: Best in Parade, Most Patriotic, Best Musical Float (1st, 2nd, & 3rd place), Best Children’s Floats (1st, 2nd & 3rd place) and Best Adult Floats (1st, 2nd & 3rd place).
Cape Cod Parades 4th of July
Regardless of where you are staying on Cape Cod, there is a 4th of July parade that is near you. What better way to celebrate America’s birthday than spend the day with your family taking in one of Cape Cod’s many parades, then follow it up with a fireworks display at the end of the night. Don’t miss out on the firework displays around the Cape celebrating the 4th of July!
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