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4th of July Fireworks and Parade Schedules

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.


Independence Day Fireworks 2024

Cape Cod Fourth of July Fireworks
Independence Day Fireworks

Friday, June 28th

Mashpee - Head to Mashpee High School for the town of Mashpee’s spectacular fireworks display. Gates open at 5:00 pm for the town picnic, enjoy the food, games and rides before the fireworks display.

Saturday, June 29th

Sandwich - Former Henry T. Wing School Campus Dusk pm - Start the night with a band concert, the Moonlighters will play starting at 7:00 pm followed by fireworks at 9:00 pm.

Tuesday, July 2nd

Chatham - An incredible fireworks display will take place July 2nd at Veterans Park at 9:00 pm. Get ready for a patriotic show in the sky!

Orleans - Orleans' annual firework display at Rock Harbor is being held on July 2nd at 8:45 pm. Whether you're watching the sky light up from the beach, the parking lot, or on a boat in the harbor, the show is guaranteed to be spectacular.

Thursday, July 4th

Edgartown - Following the late afternoon parade through town, claim your seat on Memorial Wharf or any other harbor front location for Edgartown's resplendent firework display over the water at 8:45 pm.

Falmouth - Voted one of the 10 best fireworks displays in the country by Travel and Leisure Magazine, the Falmouth fireworks 2024 are scheduled for 8:45 p.m. at Falmouth Heights Beach.

Hyannis - The Fourth of July fireworks show in Hyannis is staged on a barge in Lewis Bay. The show starts at about 9:00 pm. Before the fireworks, you can catch free concerts at various locations from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.

Nantucket - Celebrate the 4th with fireworks at Jetties Beach at 9:00 p.m! What better way to end the day than with the best fireworks display on Nantucket? Fireworks will be shot from a barge just offshore and will last about 25-27 minutes.

Plymouth - The Fourth of July fireworks show in Plymouth has relocated to the beautiful DCR State Park! Sit back and listen to the music starting at 7:00 p.m. before watching the starry sky light up with fireworks at 9:15 p.m.

Provincetown - Enjoy the final moments of the 4th by watching the firework display over Provincetown Harbor. Show is to start around 9:00 p.m.

Parades & Celebrations 2024

Children on 4th of July

Thursday, July 4th

Barnstable Village - 10:30 am - Patriotic themed floats will parade through Barnstable Village with youth activities afterward at the Hollow playground area.

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. The parade begins at the intersection of Shore Road and Main Street, and finishes at the intersection of Crowell Road and Tip Cart Road. Please adhere to police instructions for exiting the parade area.

Cotuit - 11:00 am - The Parade begins at the Cotuit Post Office, 45 School Street.

Edgartown - 5:00 pm - Celebrate the 4th of July with Edgartown's late afternoon parade before heading over to the Dr. Daniel Fisher house on Main Street for the MV Preservation Trust's annual BBQ!

Hyannisport - 9:00 am - The traditional fun run starts at the Hyannis Port Post Office on Longwood Avenue at 9:00 am followed by the parade at 11:00 am beginning at the same location; taking a left onto Washington Avenue; a right onto Lafayette Avenue; left onto Winchester Avenue; a left onto Scudder Avenue and continuing onto Dale Avenue to the West Beach Club, where it will end.

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.

Plymouth - 9:00 am - Always a great time to be in America's Home Town! Parade begins at Cordage Park Marketplace on Court Street in North Plymouth and winds its way down Court Street through downtown Plymouth and Main Street. New this year, The Plymouth Philharmonic will have a 4th of July Concert on the waterfront!

Provincetown - 11:00 am - Enjoy all the fun and festivities of the 4th by watching the Provincetown parade.

Sandwich - 10:30 am - The parade begins at the Wing School on Water Street, to Old Main Street, right on Beale Avenue, left on Morse Road, and finishing at the fields behind the Wing School.

Sandwich Boat Parade - 9:00 pm - The Sandwich Boat Parade has been around since the late 1800's! The Boat Parade is comprised of small boats and canoes decorated in creative ways using paper lanterns illuminated by candles. The boats parade by the bandstand for all to see, and for the Recreation Department and Recreation Committee to select the evening's winners.

Wellfleet - 9:30 am - Attend the Wellfleet 4th of July parade for some good ol'fashioned hometown hurrah! The nostalgic classic car parade begins at 9:30 am and the float parade starts at 10:00 am. The route begins at the Town Pier, runs up Holbrook Avenue, turns right on Main Street, continues down Main Street, turns right on East Commercial Street, and ends where is began at the pier.

Friday, July 5th

Cotuit Firecracker 5K - 6:00 pm - Cotuit-Santuit Civic Association and The Cotuit Athletic Association (The Cotuit Kettleers). Prices vary depending on which race you run/walk. The race kicks off at Lowell Park.

About Becky Fischer

About Becky Fischer: I have worked for since 2003. Currently my position entails providing photography, video, and consultation services to vacation rental homeowners, and I have photographed over 700 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, visiting great coffee shops, and working with my community to support the schools and local events.