Friday, June 28, 2013

Cape Cod & Islands Celebrate Independence Day!

patriot star4th of July fireworks bursting over Cape Cod Bay, Buzzards Bay, Nantucket Sound, even the Atlantic Ocean; Parades on Main Street, Band concerts on the green, Community picnics - Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket offer it all. For a fast listing of Cape Cod Fireworks and Parades see our list at AllCapeCod.

fireworksThe sky will be ablaze with color starting June 29 as fireworks explode over Dennis-Yarmouth, to end the week long Yarmouth Summer Celebration Kick-Off. Check the skies over Willow Bend Country Club on June 30 for Cape and Islands United Way "Best Night of the Year" fireworks display. Fireworks take place in the towns of Orleans and Mashpee on July 1. The Mashpee event is part of an evening long community picnic with games, music and demonstrations starting at 5:00 PM at Mashpee High School. The fireworks start around 9:30pm but why wait until then - join the fun all evening (rain date is July 2). Orleans fireworks are at Rock Harbor and start around 9 pm. On July 4th, starting at dusk, fireworks displays will be over the water in Provincetown, Barnstable, Falmouth, Onset, Edgartown, Nantucket and Plymouth. Grab a spot at the beach, go out on a boat, or find a high roof top deck and view it all!

parade Cape Cod parades are true hometown America events with scout troops, kid's bike decorating, pets, firetrucks, antique cars, local civic groups and marching bands - and best of all candy throwing! Don't miss the 4th of July parades in Bourne, Orleans, Falmouth, Hyannis, Chatham, Sandwich, Provincetown, Edgartown - just to mention a few. parade For a real nautical flair, "head" to a boat parade in Hyannis Harbor or Shawme Pond in Sandwich. For a fairly complete listing - including parades being held the rest of the year - click here.

town bandPatriotic music fills the air outdoors before the fireworks with Barnstable Town Band on the Village Green in Hyannis, Conservatory Jazz Ensemble at Mashpee Commons, Sandwich Town Band at the Henry T. Wing School Bandstand. Bring beach chairs or a blanket, a picnic supper, and plenty of bug spray. For details on these and other summer concerts, visit

beach path Looking for a quiet 4th of July? Of course, any day is a good day to spend relaxing at the Cape's wonderful beaches - pack a cooler, your sunscreen, boogie board, a sun umbrella (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 from all of us at!!!

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