Cape Cod To Ring In New Year With Traditional Celebrations

CHATHAM – Cape Cod will ring in the New Year with a number of large-scale celebrations across the region.

Chatham and Sandwich are hosting their annual First Night celebrations, while Provincetown is set to mark the New Year with a number of events throughout the weekend and on New Year’s Day.  

Chatham’s First Night celebration is the longest running on Cape Cod, 27 years. More than 70 performances and events are planned from noon until midnight.

“It starts with a photo shoot down by the lighthouse, then we have a noise parade where we march down Main Street and the kids are allowed to make as much noise as they like,” said John Read, who handles public relations for the event.

A fireworks show is planned over Oyster Pond at midnight. There is another fireworks display scheduled for 6 p.m.

The event is described by organizers as family-friendly and alcohol-free.

In Sandwich, organizers are getting ready for their 6th annual First Night celebration. The celebration of music, art and dance is open to all, with over 100 performers expected.

Performances in Sandwich will take place at both indoor and outdoor venues in and around the village.

A Reveler’s Parade will start at 8 pm. Among the other features are ice sculptures, lighted giants, a resolution wall, an enchanting fairy garden and children’s crafts.

Buttons to many of the indoor events cost $10.

The grand finale in Sandwich will take place at town hall, and will include cannon fire, giant sparklers, a lighthouse and fireworks.

In Provincetown, a New Year’s fireworks show is planned for the evening of January 1. The display will take place over Provincetown Harbor and will likely start around 5:30 p.m.

The Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum is holding a champagne reception on New Years Day to coincide with the show. Event organizers pitch the fundraiser as the best place in town to catch the fireworks.

The reception will include wine, champagne, oysters, and more food. Tickets are $50 per person and are available online at the monument’s website or by calling 508-487-1310.

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