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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

Monday, July 1st

Sandwich - Former Henry T. Wing School Campus Dusk pm - Sandwich will be hosting a fireworks display early this year, but the traditional festivities such as the road race and parade will be celebrated on the 4th.

Orleans - Orleans' annual firework display at Rock Harbor is being held on July 1st. 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.

Tuesday, July 2nd

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

Thursday, July 4th

HyannisThe 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.

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 9:00 p.m.

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.

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.

Provincetown Enjoy the final moments of the 4th by watching the firework display over Provincetown Harbor. Show is to start around 8:45 p.m.

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.

Parades & Celebrations 2023

Children on 4th of July

Saturday, July 1st

Cotuit Firecracker 5K - 6:00 pm - Get ready for the 4th of July with the Cotuit Firecracker 5K! Benefits: Cotuit-Santuit Civic Association, The Barnstable Land Trust, Cape Cod Challenger Club, and The Cotuit Athletic Association (The Cotuit Kettleers). Prices vary depending on which race you run/walk, and the race kicks off at Lowell Park.

Tuesday, July 4th

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.

Barnstable Village - 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 proceeds down Main Street (Route 6A); left onto Mill Way and continue to the Village Hollow where it will end with various activities.

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.

Cotuit - 11:00 am - The Parade begins on School Street (some walkers and fire vehicles line up on High Street and then turn onto School Street), and continues down Main Street to the prior Cotuit Elementary School.

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!

Hyannisport - 9:00 am - The parade will begin at the Hyannisport Post Office on Longwood Avenue; left onto Washington Avenue; right onto Lafayette Avenue; left onto Winchester Avenue; left onto Scudder Avenue; and continue onto Dale Avenue to the West.

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 9:30am and the float parade starts at 10:00am. 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.

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!

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

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.