Chrysanthemums, Peonies, Palm Trees, Willows - no not a blog on gardening but rather some of the types of fireworks you might get to see bursting over Cape Cod Bay, Buzzards Bay, Nantucket Sound or even the Atlantic Ocean. Nothing says the Fourth of July more than fireworks, parades, picnics, and band concerts on the green. Cape Cod has them all - a great place to make wonderful memories for yourself and your kids. For a fast listing of fireworks and parade see our dedicated listing on AllCapeCod.
To kick things off there fireworks in Orleans and Mashpee on June 2. The Mashpee event is part of an evening long community picnic with games, music and demonstrations starting at 5pm at Mashpee High School. The fireworks start around 9:30pm but why wait until then - join the fun all evening (rain date is July 3). Orleans fireworks are at Rock Harbor and starts around 9 pm. Don't miss the 4th of July parade in Orleans - yes on the 4th - at 10:00am from Eldredge Park Way. If music is more to your taste, enjoy the 2012 Citizens Bank Summer Concert Series at the Village Green in Dennis with the Stage Door Canteen, or at Brooks Park in Harwich with Sarah Swain and the Oh Boys beginning at 6;30 for both venues.
The 2012 Citizens Bank Summer Concert Series also happens at Aselton Park in Hyannis with Tripping Lily on July 3, at Kate Gould Park in Chatham on the 4th with Conservatory Jazz Band, on July 5 at Mashpee Commons (Felonious Funk performs) and at Nauset Beach in Orleans with Chandler Travis Philharmonic, and on July 6 at Peg Noonan Park in Falmouth (Funktapuss) as well as at Heritage Museums & Garden in Sandwich with CrabGrass Bluegrass. All of the concerts start at 6:30 pm. The concert series goes all summer long!
The 4th of July is filled with parades and fireworks. The parades are true hometown America events with scout troops, kid's bike decorating, local civic groups and marching bands. Sandwich Recreation Department sponsors both a traditional parade (at 10 am) and a boat parade on Shawme Pond which is a lighted event starting at 9pm. Chatham's parade this year continues their year long 300 year anniversary celebration. It kicks off at 9 am on Main Street and the theme is "Chatham Through The Years, a Living History Parade". For a complete listing - including parades being held the rest of the year - click here.
The fireworks on July 4th cover Cape Cod from Falmouth at Falmouth Heights Beach - voted one of the 10 best fireworks displays in the country by Travel and Leisure
Magazine - to Provincetown at MacMillan Wharf starting at 9 pm. If you find yourself on Nantucket or Martha's Vineyard on July 4, there are fireworks on both islands as well. Nantucket's is at Jetties Beach at 9pm. 4th of July Fireworks in Martha's Vineyard is at dusk (around 9 pm)- viewing from Memorial Wharf
Edgartown and other harbor front locations. Click here for all the listings.
Of course, there are always the Cape's wonderful beaches - pack a cooler, your sunscreen, some beach umbrellas (please purchase a "sandgrabber" at Christmas Tree Shops or Ocean State Job Lot for everyone's safety), some blankets and beach chairs! Happy Fourth of July!!