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July 4th Guide for Cape Cod 2017



Mashpee: 9:15 p.m. at Mashpee High School, 500 Old Barnstable Road as part of community picnic (July 1 rain date)


Orleans: at dusk at Rock Harbor Beach, Rock Harbor Road (July 6 rain date)


Nantucket: At dusk at Jetties Beach, Bathing Beach Road (July 5 rain date)


Hyannis: 9 p.m., main viewing locations at Aselton Park (250 Ocean St.), Bismore Park (180 Ocean St.), and Veteran’s Park Beach (480 Ocean St.). Parking will be available at the North Street parking lots and the Town Hall parking lot. Can tune into 95.1 WXTK for soundtrack to the fireworks. Visible from beaches and locations facing Nantucket Sound. (Sept. 2 rain date)

Provincetown: 9 p.m. over Provincetown Harbor (July 5 rain date)

Falmouth: 8:30 Falmouth Heights Beach, 416 Gifford St.

Edgartown (Martha’s Vineyard): At dusk on Edgartown Harbor (July 5 rain date)



Pocasset: Salt Marsh Lane 4th of July Parade: 1 p.m., Barlows Landing Road, Pocasset. Parade starts from St. John’s Church in Pocasset and goes down Barlow’s Landing Road, through Salt Marsh Lane. Theme: “American Broadway Shows.” Residents and families of Salt Marsh Lane design floats, decorate bikes and themselves.


Barnstable/West Barnstable: 9 a.m., beginning at the County Complex on Railroad Avenue, continuing onto Main Street (Route 6A), turning left onto Mill Way and ending at the Village Hollow.

Chatham: 9:30 a.m., beginning at the intersection of Shore Road and Main Street, continuing up Main Street, ending at the intersection of Crowell Road and Tip Cart Road.

Wellfleet: 9:30 a.m., Antique Car Parade (starting at Mayo Beach), 10 a.m., general parade (starting at town pier) with a “Favorite Children’s Stories” theme, beginning on Holbrook Avenue, turning right on Main Street, right on Commercial Street, and ending at Wellfleet Pier. The judge’s stand will be on the lawn of the Town Hall, 286 Main St.

Bourne: 10 a.m., beginning at the intersection of Academy Drive and Main Street, ending at the Bourne Veterans Memorial Community Building, 239 Main St.

Centerville: 10 a.m., beginning at Centerville Elementary School, 658 Bay Lane, continuing up Bay Lane, turning right onto Bumps River Road, a left onto Park Avenue, a right onto Main Street, and ending at the Centerville Recreation Building, 524 Main St.

Falmouth: 10 a.m., bike and carriage parade beginning at the Village Green, continuing down Main Street, ending at Peg Noonan Park, 270 Main St., where prizes will be awarded.

Orleans: 10 a.m., beginning at the Orleans Elementary School, 46 Eldredge Park Way, continuing on Route 6A, onto Main Street, then onto Route 28, and ending back at Eldredge Park Way.

Sandwich: 10 a.m., beginning at the Henry T. Wing School parking lot, 33 Water St., turning left onto Beale Avenue, right onto Water Street, right onto Main Street, right onto Beale Avenue, left onto Morse Road, and ending past the bandstand at the Wing School.

Cotuit: 11 a.m., beginning at the Cotuit Post Office, 45 School St., continuing down School Street to Main Street, turning left onto Main Street and ending at the rear entrance of the Waldorf School of Cape Cod, 140 Old Oyster Road.

Hyannisport: 11 a.m., beginning at the Hyannisport Post Office, 44 Longwood Ave., turning left onto Washington Avenue, a right onto Lafayette Avenue, a left onto Winchester Avenue, a left onto Scudder Avenue, and ending at the West Beach Club, 9 Dale Ave.

Provincetown: 11 a.m., beginning at East End, Harbor Hotel, continuing up Commercial Street, ending on Franklin Street (see related events below).

Osterville: 11:30 a.m., beginning on Washington Avenue, turning right onto Webster Street, a right onto Sea View Avenue, a right onto Warren Street, and a right onto Washington Street, where it will end.

Woods Hole: noon. beginning at the entrance to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution parking lot on School Street, moving down Water Street where it will end. Free watermelon and water immediately following in Waterfront Park, 100 Water Street.

Hyannis Harbor Boat Parade: 2 p.m. at Hyannis Marina with viewing along Ocean Street.

Hyannis: 4 p.m., beginning at the intersection of Ocean and Main streets, and ending at the intersection of Sea and Main streets (See related activities below).

Edgartown:Martha’s Vineyard): 5 p.m., beginning at the intersection of West Tisbury Road and Pinehurst Road, taking a right onto Main Street, a left onto Pease’s Point Way next to the monument, then a right onto Morse Street, a left onto Fuller Street, a right onto Thayer Street, right onto North Water Street, right onto Main Street, left back onto West Tisbury Road, ending at the Edgartown School, 35 Robinson Road.



Mashpee: The Mashpee Community Picnic, 5 p.m. at Mashpee High School, 500 Old Barnstable Road. Games, entertainment (including a magic and juggling show), activities, food and live music. Limited parking, shuttle available from Quashnet Elementary School, 150 Old Barnstable Road, to the high school.


Chatham: Chatham Liberty Craft Festival 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday on the Chatham Community Center lawn, 702 Main St. Showcasing American-made arts and crafts and specialty foods.


Wellfleet: 8:30 a.m., 5-mile adult fun run; 10 a.m., 1.2-mile children’s fun run with prizes given to all. Adult course beginning at Mayo Beach parking lot, Kendrick Ave., run along Wellfleet Harbor to Sunset Hill and back. Children’s course from Mayo Beach parking lot to Chequesset Neck Road and back. Children 6 and under must be accompanied by an adult.


Sandwich: 8:30 a.m., 3-mile road race and fun run behind the Henry T. Wing School, 33 Water St. 11:30 a.m. egg toss, followed by a picnic in the park and music by Brian Sances Band at noon to 2 p.m. at the Henry T. Wing School. 1 p.m. water games and “THE FOAM” foamy water from the Sandwich Fire Department. At 7:30 p.m., Dale and the Duds will perform “oldies but goodies” at Shawme Pond Bandstand behind Town Hall on Route 130. At 9 p.m. there will be a boat parade behind the bandstand featuring small boats decorated with paper lanterns and candles.

Falmouth: 9 a.m., 6th Annual Run Jack Run Family Fun Run/Walk beginning at Falmouth High School boys’ soccer fields, continuing down Gifford Street, ending at Trotting Park soccer fields. FHS a capella group Soulfege will sing the national anthem before the race.

Hyannisport: 9 a.m., Beach Club 2K Run at the Hyannisport Post Office, 44 Longwood Ave.

Nantucket: 9 a.m., annual reading of the Declaration of Independence at the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House, 11 Orange St. There will be a patriotic sing-along with Bob and Diane Lehman and the Meeting House Community Chorus. Children can sign a replica of the Declaration of Independence and “ring” in the Fourth of July on the 1815 Portuguese bell in the Meeting House tower. 10 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., there will be events on Main Street, including a dunk tank, a watermelon-eating contest, face-painting, a pie-eating contest, bike decorating, Matt Fee Tea Toss, a puppet show, and Uncle Sam bean toss. 5 p.m., Independence Day games for families at Children’s Beach off Harbor View Way. Activities include a tug-o-war, three-legged races, and sack races.

Chatham: 11 a.m., Strawberry Festival at the First United Methodist Church for strawberry shortcake and lunch, 16 Cross St.

Yarmouth: 11 a.m. to noon. Historical Society of Old Yarmouth annual Fourth of July picnic, Kelley Chapel Meadows. Free for members and guests.

Provincetown: 3 to 10 p.m.,  first “Monumental 4th of July Picnic” on the grounds of the Pilgrim Monument, 1 High Pole Road, Provincetown. Visitors can enjoy food from Mac’s Seafood with a choice of lobster roll or fried chicken, both with sides and desserts and includes access to the cash bar. Fireworks to follow. Tickets: $45 for adults, $15 for children. Tickets and parking can be reserved online at

Hyannis: 3:15 to 4 p.m., “Decorate your Bike, Carriage, or Wagon Contest” at the Hyannis Village Green on Main Street for children up to age 12; decorated “vehicles” can join in the parade for a ride down Main Street. Riders must wear helmets, and parents are welcome to accompany their children. Register at 3 p.m. Town of Barnstable Band will play patriotic songs from 5 to 6:30 p.m at the Village Green. Funktapuss will perform 7 p.m. at Aselton Park, 250 South St. (See Parades above)

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