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4th of July Celebrations and Parades - 2016 Schedule

There are so many ways to celebrate the Fourth of July on the Cape and Islands. One of the nation's best Fourth of July fireworks shows is right here on Cape Cod, according to Travel & Leisure magazine, which named Falmouth's annual fireworks display as one of the 10 best in the country. The patriotic fireworks show is watched by 50,000 people each summer.

Cape Cod Fourth of July Fireworks
Independence Day Fireworks

Independence Day Fireworks


Friday, July 1

Mashpee - 9:00 pm - Head to Mashpee High School for the town of Mashpee’s spectacular fireworks display.

Saturday, July 2nd

Orleans - Rock Harbor 8:45 pm - The annual fireworks display at Rock Harbor in honor of the 4th of July will be begin at dusk. Put on your red, white, and blue, and come celebrate America's birthday in Orleans.

Sunday, July 3rd

Nantucket 9:00pm - Every July 4th, Jetties Beach on Nantucket is the place to be to view spectacular fireworks. What could be better than watching fireworks on a beach on Nantucket? A great family event!

Monday, July 4th

Edgartown 8:45 pm - Cap off a fun-filled Star-Spangled Banner day by watching a spectacular fireworks celebration with family and friends along Edgartown Harbor. This years' celebration will be one of the best. So put on your red, white and blue and wish America a happy birthday!

Plymouth 9:00pm - The Plymouth Waterfront comes alive on July 4th! The 4th of July concert begins at 7:30 featuring plenty of patriotic favorites and the fireworks start to light up the sky at 9:30.

Provincetown 8:45pm - Enjoy 4th of July Fireworks in P-town! They begin at dusk and can be seen from any bayside beach.

Falmouth 8:45pm - The fireworks are scheduled at dusk at Falmouth Heights Beach.

Hyannis 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.

Parades & Celebrations


Children on 4th of July

Monday, 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.2016 theme for the Fourth of July Parade - Freedom Is Not Free.

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.

Eastham - 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. On July 4th at the Eastham Schoolhouse Museum there will be an old fashioned celebration with lemonade, cookies, and ice cream from 1-4pm. Come on down to the Eastham and enjoy a great fun filled afternoon this 4th of July with the family!

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.

About Becky Fischer

About Becky Fischer: I have worked for WeNeedaVacation.com since 2003. Currently serving as Marketing Manager, my position entails collaborating on all print and social media marketing efforts as well as the company's valuable relationship with 17 local Chambers of Commerce. In addition, I provide photography, video, and consultation services to vacation rental homeowners, and have photographed over 300 homes on the Cape and Islands. My husband and three children moved to Brewster in 2006. I grew up outside of Boston, spent summer vacations on Nantucket, and was married in Orleans. My favorite activities on the Cape are walking on the CCRT, deep breaths at the beach, and working with my community to support the schools and local events.