Summer’s here on Cape Cod is one of the best places to enjoy the Independence Day weekend celebration. Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. Independence Day is commonly associated with various public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. Independence Day is the national day of the United States.

Celebration for many on Independence Day (fourth of July) includes: parades, concerts, family reunions, fun in the sun at beaches, games, barbecues and of course spectacular views of the fireworks that are sure to impress both young and older ones here on Cape Cod. Travel & Leisure magazine named Falmouth’s annual fireworks display as one of the 10 best in the country, over 50,000 people each summer. watch the patriotic fireworks show.

Planning out your week on Cape Cod and Islands? Here’s a list of events going on in several towns of Cape Cod that is sure to bring fun and memories for the whole family to enjoy:


Wednesday, July 4th

Edgartown Fireworks – Edgartown Harbor, Edgartown at Dusk 8:45 pm

Falmouth Fireworks– Falmouth Heights Beach, Grand Avenue, Falmouth 8:45pm

Hyannis Fireworks– Hyannis Harbor Dusk 8:45pm Head down to the beaches around Hyannis Harbor for the best views of the fireworks. Pack a picnic dinner and have dinner on the beach or grab a bite to eat at one of the downtown restaurants and walk to the beaches afterwards to catch the fireworks.

Barnstable Fireworks– Lewis Bay, Hyannis

Nantucket Fireworks – Jetties Beach, Nantucket with a rain date of Tuesday, July 5. Dusk

Provincetown Fireworks– Provincetown Harbor, Provincetown 8:45pm


Thursday, July 5th

Nantucket  – Jetties Beach on Nantucket 9:00pm

Parades & Celebrations 2018

Wednesday, July 4

Bourne – 10:00 am – Clowns, bands, floats, fire trucks, sirens, horses, costumes, scouts, veterans and lots of flags will be part of the Fourth of July scene once again along main Street in Buzzards Bay. The parade route will be the intersection of Academy Drive and Main Street to the Bourne Veterans Memorial Community Building.

Centerville – 10:00 am – Neighborhood floats, decorated bikes and wagons, clowns, and bands will flood the streets of Centerville in this fun, festive parade. The parade will be followed by food, fun, and field games at the ball field behind the Centerville Recreation Building.

Edgartown – 5:00 pm – The Town of Edgartown’s 4th of July parade is a long-standing tradition filled with fun for the entire family. As the parade winds through downtown and around each corner, you will see kilt-clad bagpipers, veterans, floats promoting the island’s many non-profit organizations, firetrucks, animals and a whole lot of candy and excitement. A can’t miss annual event!

Edgartown – 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Edgartown on the Fourth is classic Americana and Fella Caters offers you a classic American cookout – burgers and dogs with all the fixins’ and much more! Bring the family, spread out your blanket and relax and enjoy a great meal while waiting for the parade to start. Free marching band concerts in the Old Whaling Church before and after the parade are fun for the whole family. Food is sold and served a la carte and tickets are not needed to attend. It’s a great place to have a casual dinner after the parade and before the fireworks!

Chatham – 9:30 am – Chatham’s Independence Day Parade, which started in 1908, is one of the oldest in the United States. It attracts over 20,000 spectators and showcases the pride of the community, its visitors and residents. 2018 theme for the Fourth of July Parade – Hooked on Chatham!

Falmouth – 10:00 am – Children and families dress in creative Uncle Sam costumes. Beginning at the Village Green at 10:00 am, they parade down Main Street to Margaret E. Noonan Park where a patriotic sing along will take place.

Orleans – 10:00 am – Marching bands, floats, music, clowns, and much, much more. The parade route goes down Eldredge Park Way, Route 6A, Main Street and Route 28 and back to Eldredge Park. This year’s parade theme is Stars and Stripers, Catch the Spirit!

Provincetown – 11:00 am – Come watch creative floats, marching bands, and enjoy the star spangled excitement of this parade. The parade begins at 11 am at the Harbor Hotel and proceeds along Commercial Street until Franklin Street.

Barnstable – 9:00 am – Don’t miss this 4th of July tradition. Big floats, small floats, bikes walkers, motorcycles and dogs are all included in this parade. It begins at the County Complex on Railroad Avenue and proceed down Main Street (Route 6A); left onto Mill Way and continue to the Village Hollow where it will end with various activities.

Nantucket – 10:00 am – Join us downtown for Nantucket’s annual 4th of July celebration. Face painting, sand painting, dunk tank, watermelon/pie eating contests, kid’s parade, pet parade and more. The Grande Finale of the day is the famous water fight with the Nantucket Fire Department at noon.

Cotuit – 11:00 am- The parade is presented by the Cotuit Civic Association. The parade will begin at the Cotuit Post Office, proceeding down School Street to Main Street; taking a left on Main Street to the rear entrance of the Cotuit Elementary School, where it will end.

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