By: Amy E
As a child, one of my favorite things to do EVERY year on Cape Cod was to participate in the annual 4th of July Parade. My grandparents would take my cousins and I for an overnight each year and we would decorate our bikes and wagons and go walk in the Falmouth Heights Parade which would culminate at a home in the Heights with Patriotic Songs and much fanfare. One year I even sung the Star Spangled Banner for the whole crowd. The memories come swirling back even as I type now. Each year as I grew older, I would try to outdo the prior year with my decorations. Now as a parent myself the past few years we have participate in local parades and decorated. We walk with the kids who are beyond excited to display their patriotic contributions to
the adoring audiences. These are memories our children will undoubtedly carry with them into adulthood and will someday encourage their own children to participate.
Below we have compiled a list of local parades across Cape Cod. If we missed one, our sincerest
apologies, just let us know and we are happy to add it!
We hope you all have an Independence Day filled with FAMIY, LOVE and THANKFULNESS!
July 4, 2013 - Barnstable/West Barnstable - July 4 Parade & village activities ~ 9:00am Main Street - Route 6A, Barnstable Village
July 4, 2013 - Chatham July 4 Independence Day Parade ~ Main Street, Chatham 9:30-11:30am
July 4, 2013 - Orleans 4th of July Parade ~ Eldredge Parkway, Orleans 10:00am This year's theme is "50 States to Celebrate"
July 4, 2013 - Falmouth July 4 Bike & Carriage Parade ~ Falmouth - 10:00am Children and families dress in creative Uncle Sam costumes. Beginning at 10:00 AM at the Village Green, they parade down Main Street to Margaret E. Noonan park, where prizes are awarded.
July 4, 2013 - Bourne on the Fourth of July Parade ~ Main Street, Buzzards Bay 10:00am 7th Annual Bourne on the Fourth of July Parade No parking is allowed on Main Street during the parade; Main Street closes to traffic at 9:45 AM
July 4, 2013 - Hyannisport 4th of July Parade 11:00 AM Parade route: Steps off from Hyannisport Post Office on Longwood Avenue, then proceeds on Washington Avenue, Lafayette Avenue, Winchester Avenue, Scudder Avenue, then Dale Avenue to West Beach Club.
July 4, 2013 - Cotuit - July 4 Parade ~ 11:00am Cotuit - Cotuit's Annual Fourth of July Parade
starting at 11:00 AM Parade route - The parade will begin at the Post Office and proceed down School
Street and up Main Street to the Waldorf School. Marchers should be at the Post Office by 10:30 AM
Note: Absolutely NO alcoholic beverages allowed. Hosted by Cotuit Santuit Civic Association.
July 4, 2013 - Woods Hole Annual 4th of July Parade in Woods Hole 11:30 am http://www.woodshole.com/
July 4, 2013 - Provincetown 4th of July Parade ~ Provincetown - Provincetown 4th of July Parade,
Theme is "Show your Colors, Red, White and Blue" Parade will start at 11:00 AM SHARP Parade Route: Starts 11:00 AM at Cape Inn, all entrants are required to enter the cape inn parking lot on the snail road side Proceed Down Commercial St and finish at Franklin St. around 1:00 PM
July 4, 2013 - Town of Sandwich 4th of July Parade ~ Sandwich - 10:00AM Staging at the Wing School, 33 Water Street Parade Route: Down Water Street to Old Main Street, right on Beale Avenue, left on Morse Road, and finishing at the fields behind the Wing School. NOTE: Squirting/spraying or throwing water by spectators, residents along the parade route, and parade participants is NOT ALLOWED!
July 4, 2013 - Hyannis Marina - July 4th Boat Parade ~ Ocean Street, Hyannis Hyannis Marina invites all to a July 4th boat parade. The best viewing is along Ocean Street at Hyannis Harbor around 1:15-1:30PM.
Boats assemble off of Hyannis Yacht Club at 1PM. The boats assemble and head to the inner harbor to show off their red, white and blue!
July 4, 2013 - Town of Barnstable July 4th Parade ~ Main Street, Hyannis 4:00 PM
July 4, 2013 - Edgartown's Annual Fourth of July Parade ~ Main Street, Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard 5:00 PM along Main Street "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!"
July 4, 2013 - July 4th Boat Parade at Shawme Pond ~ Shawme Pond, Sandwich 9:00pm The Boat Parade is comprised of small boats and canoes decorated in creative ways using paper lanterns illuminated by candles. The boats will parade by the bandstand for all to see the night of July 4th. Winners will be selected by members of the Recreation Department and Recreation Committee.
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