Cape Cod 4th of July Festivities

Cape Cod 4th of July 

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Where in the world would you rather be on the 4th of July than a sandy beach, watching fireworks burst along the sky over a beautiful ocean? That’s right, Cape Cod is THE place to be when celebrating our nation’s birthday. In the year 1781, Massachusetts was the first state to recognize Independence Day as a holiday. Some places even launch cannons, along with hosting bonfires and sailboat races.  What more do you need for your Cape Cod 4th of July?

There are numerous forms of entertainment commemorating the day all over the Cape parades, fireworks, and barbeques – and 2014 is no exception. has all the information you need to know about how Cape Cod is celebrating Uncle Sam’s birthday. Check out the list of 4th of July festivities taking place across the Cape, including parades, activities, and, of course, fireworks.

Parades all occur on July 4th- All Parades at this point do not have rain dates


  • The town of Wellfleet is celebrating Independence Day in style! Starting at 9 am at Wellfleet Harbor and continuing toward Main Street, the streets will be covered in patriotic colors. At 9:30 after the parade, check out the Antique Car Parade, followed by the Float Parade at 10 am.


  • Starting at the HyannisPort Post Office at 11 am, the parade will make its way to Scudder Avenue and end at the West Beach Club.


  • Has been canceled!


  • Hosting one of the oldest 4th of July parades in the country, the theme of Chatham’s parade this year is “Surf, Sand, and the Deep Blue Sea,” as it embodies the special nature of the local heritage and beauty. The parade makes its way down Main Street to Veteran’s Field from 9:30 am – 11:30 am.


  • Starting at 10 am, the parade travels along Main Street in Buzzards Bay.


  • The Centerville Parade has been canceled.


  • The Falmouth Parade has been canceled.


  • The town of Orleans celebrates this year’s 4th of July with a theme of “United We Stand, Proudly We Serve.” The grand marshal will be the family of Dave Hubbard, in his memory, as he was a member of the Orleans Fourth of July Committee. The parade starts at 10 am at Eldredge Park Way.


  • Come celebrate the 4th, and the Town of Barnstable’s 375th anniversary, at the Cotuit Fourth of July parade, starting at 11 am. If you’re bringing your bike or wagon for the parade, decorating takes places from 9:30 – 10:30 am prior to the parade at the Waldorf School of Cape Cod. The parade begins at the Cotuit Post Office.


  • From 11 am – 1 pm, the streets of Ptown will be filled with floats and lined with residents showing off their patriotism with its 4th of July parade. Participants should bring their A game, as entrants will be judged in categories such as Best in Parade, Most Patriotic, and Best Musical Floats, just to name a few. The festivities start at the Cape Inn and travel down Commercial St., finishing at Franklin St.

Barnstable Village 

  • Presented by the Barnstable Village Civic Association and the West Barnstable Civic Association the County Complex on Railroad Avenue with an 8:30 AM gathering time.


It’s no 4th of July celebration if it doesn’t go off with a bang. Check out this list of firework displays taking place all across the Cape this Independence Day season:

July 1


  • Where: Mashpee High School
  • Time: Dusk
  • Rain Date: July 2nd

July 4

Provincetown – Rescheduled – Now July 5th

  • Where: Provincetown Harbor
  • When: 9 pm

Falmouth – Postponed – Now July 6th



  • Where: Dennis-Yarmouth High School
  • When: 9:15 pm
  • No Rain Date

July 5

Orleans – Rescheduled – Now July 6th

  • Where: Rock Harbor
  • When: Dusk
  • Rain Date: July 6th


  • Where: Onset Beach
  • When: 8:45 pm
  • Rain Date: July 6th

Plymouth – Postponed – Now July 12

  • Where: Plymouth Waterfront
  • When: 9 pm

Events – No Rain Dates 


  • After the parade on Main Street, head on over to the Hyannis Village Green to watch the Town Band perform from 5-7 pm. Following the band, Mary C and the Stellars will perform at Aselton Park at 7 pm.


  • The town of Sandwich is going all out for the 4th of July! On July 4th, the day starts off with a 3-mile road race or “fun run.” After the race at 10 am is the Spirit of Sandwich 4th of July parade, celebrating our day of independence with a spirited parade of red, white, and blue. All other activities after the parade have been canceled.


  • Like Sandwich, Plymouth is also throwing a big party to celebrate the 4th! To recognize the 200th anniversary of “The Star Spangled Banner,” the theme of the day is in honor of our national anthem. After the Independence Day 5K starting at 7:30 am, Plymouth is celebrating America’s birthday with a patriotic parade full of floats and displays, beginning at 9:30 am at the Mayflower Business Park. Prizes will also be awarded to those who best demonstrate the “Star Spangled Banner” theme, best color guard in the parade, among others.
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