***This post was org published June 5, 2015 and is being republished. It is a work in progress and we will be updating daily! Please stay tuned!
Since last year's Cape Cod Fireworks post was so POPULAR and we have gotten so many emails from families wanting to know when the 2015 list would be out we have decided to take on the task again.
Below we have compiled a listing of all the fireworks, parades and other celebrations taking place across Cape Cod & the Islands. If you know of a local event on Cape Cod, the Islands or any of the surrounding areas, that we have forgotten to include, then please use our form at the bottom of this post and we are happy to add it!
Cape Cod Fireworks for Independence Day
Date: July 1, 2015 (rain date July 2nd)
The Mashpee Family Picnic & Fireworks are POSTPONED until Thursday, July 2nd due to forecast inclement weather.
Place: Mashpee High School
Local Tip: The festivities begin at 5 p.m. with a whole evening of food, rides, games, music, and lots more.
Date: July 3, 2015 (Rain Date is July 5)
Place: Tim's Cove
Fireworks Shot from barge in Tim's Cove. - July 3, 2015 at 9:00 PM
Date: July 4
Place: Memorial Wharf/Harbor
Local Tip: claim your seat on Memorial Wharf or any other harbor front location for a resplendent display over the water. Display begins as darkness falls. Free and all are welcome.
Date: July 4, 2015
Place: Falmouth Heights Beach
Local Tip: Bring a radio and tune to PIXY 103 (102.9 FM) to hear the music that accompanies the fireworks
Date: July 4, 2015 (Rain date July 5)
Place: Wequassett Inn - On Pleasant Bay
Local Tip: Shot from 2 Barges off Wequassett Inn - On Pleasant Bay-Private, but the sky is free!
Date: July 4, 2015
Place: Lewis Bay
Local Tip: The best viewing spots are the beaches around Hyannis Harbor and on the West Yarmouth beaches along Lewis Bay.
Date: July 4, 2015 (rain date is July 5th)
Time: 9 PM
Place: Jetties Beach
Date: July 4, 2015
Place: Onset Beach & Bay
Local Tip: The town of Onset is on the "mainland" side of the Cape Cod Canal, just over the bridge. It's an absolutely gorgeous little town, and well worth a visit!
Date: July 5, 2015 (rain date July 6th)
Place: Rock Harbor
Local Tip: You can also see the Rock Harbor fireworks display from Cape Cod Bay beaches in Brewster and Eastham. They'll be off at a distance, but still fun to see.
Date: July 4, 2015
Time: 9:00-9:15PM depending on night sky
Place: Plymouth Waterfront!
Date: July 4, 2015
Place: Provincetown Harbor
Local Tip: For a very special experience - watch the fireworks from onboard a ship in the Harbor. On July 4th, Dolphin Fleet offers whale watch plus fireworks cruises at 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m., as well as a fireworks-only cruise at 8 p.m. These cruises are very popular, so reserve your spot early. (Dolphin Fleet: 1-800-826-9300)
8th Annual Bourne 4th of July Parade ~
Along Main Street in Buzzards Bay
After parade: The First Annual Cape Cod Canal Fest, a celebration to benefit the National Marine Life Center, will be held July 4th and July 5th at Buzzards Bay Park. Join us for this exciting new event for the Buzzards Bay community and the marine life that call the area home.
Expected Events and Attractions
~ July 4th Parade starting at 10am on Main Street
~ Arts and Crafts Fair
~ Music on the bandstand
~ Sea Food Tent
~ Kids Activities
~ Farmer’s Market
~ Beer & Wine Garden
~ Food Vendors and Food Trucks
For more information, including how to sign up to be an exhibitor or volunteer, visit:
Centerville Parade ~
Route that goes from the Centerville Elementary School, up Bay Lane, then right onto Bumps River Road, left onto Park Avenue, right onto Main Street, and continuing to the Centerville Recreation Building where it ends.
Chatham Independence Day Parade ~
9:30 - 11:30 am
549 Main Street, Chatham, MA 02633
Chatham's 2015 July 4th Independence Day Parade's theme is "Distinctly Chatham" - This year's parade is a celebration of Chatham's architecture, sounds, people, history, nature and the memories it creates that makes Chatham different from any place on earth.
Chatham Boat Parade
July 5th, 2015
2015 Star-Spangled Chatham Boat Parade
- Sunday, July 05, 2015 at Oyster Pond Beach, Chatham
Participants meet at 12:30 PM- View the parade at 1:30 PMParade up the Oyster River to Oyster Pond. This free event is open to all small boat operators. Deck out your boat (and crew)in patriotic Fourth of July themes and join the flotilla, or cheer them on from shore! Prizes will be awarded.
Sponsored by Monomoy Yacht Club.
11:00 a.m. the parade will start from the Post Office and proceed down School Street and up Main Street to the Waldorf School. Individuals walking or riding bikes do NOT need to register however should be in the Post Office Parking lot by 10:30 a.m. Due to safety concerns walkers/bicycles will be the finale of the parade entrants, and are considered our “Parade Finale Sparklers”
Edgartown Parade ~
Celebrate the Fourth of July with Edgartown’s traditional parade & fireworks. Enjoy the traditional late afternoon parade then head over to lawn of the Dr. Daniel Fisher house on Main Street for burgers and hot dogs at the MV Preservation Trust’s annual BBQ. Then claim your seat on Memorial Wharf or any other harbor front location for a resplendent display over the water. Display begins as darkness falls. Free and all are welcome.
Falmouth July 4th Bike and Carriage Parade ~
Falmouth Village Green, Main Street, Falmouth Children and families dress in creative Uncle Sam costumes. Beginning at the Village Green at 10 am, they parade down Main Street to Peg Noonan Park where prizes are awarded. Each child participating in the parade receives a free ride coupon for the Carousel of Light.
Hyannis Main Street Parade ~
Year after year the Hyannis 4th of July Parade delivers an entertaining event with good music, acts and community spirit. This year, presenting under the theme of Star Spangled Salute, will be no different. Once again, the parade will take place on July 4th on Main Street, Hyannis at 4pm. The parade route will start at the intersection of Ocean Street and Main Street and then finish at Sea Street.
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
Beach Club, where it will end.
Orleans 2015 Fourth of July Parade ~
Eldredge Park Way, Orleans
July 4, 2015 – 9:30 am
Begins at Mayflower Business Park
428-430 Court Street
Begins East End, Harbor Hotel and proceeds up Commercial to Franklin Street. Fireworks start at dusk over Provincetown Harbor (view from any bayside beach)
Henry T. Wing School, 33 Water Street.
Sandwich Boat Parade
The boats will parade by Shawme Pond Bandstand at 9 PM on Route 130 behind Town Hall during our concert.
The 2015 4th of July Parade - "Surf's Up!" Parade route: up Holbrook Avenue, right on Main Street, continue down Main Street, turns right on Commercial Street and ends at the Wellfleet Town Pier.
Classic car parade begins at 9:30AM, followed by the general parade starts at 10:00AM.
West Barnstable –
From the County Complex on Railroad Avenue, proceed down Main Street, turn left onto Mill Way and end at the Village Hollow. Simultaneously the Hyannisport Beach Club 2K run/parade will be taking place.
Woods Hole Independence Day Parade ~
The Parade will begin near The Woods Hole School and will end at the Waterfront Park where the MBL Club will serve free watermelon and refreshments to the public. Saturday, July 4. Free!
Other Cape Cod & Islands Fireworks and Fun!
Yarmouth Summer Celebration
Date: June 28, 2015 (rain date June 29th)
Place: Can be seen from south-side beaches in Yarmouth
Local Tip: Yarmouth Summer Celebration runs from June 26th through July 3rd, 2015. Other events during the Celebration include sand sculpting contests, a Full Moon Fishing Clinic and Derby, kite-flying fun at the beach, and a big beach BBQ.
See the Yarmouth Summer Celebration website (yarmouthsummercelebration.com) for details.
Sandwich Town Fair
Date: July 10, 2015 (rain date July 11th)
Time: Dusk or after
Place: On the grounds of Sandwich High School
Local Tip: See the Fair schedule, admission and parking info at sandwichtownfair.org
Dennis SummerFest Celebration
Date: August 15, 2015
Place: West Dennis Beach
Local Tip: This weekend the town of Dennis brings on the fun with an array of family oriented events all over town. Saturday evening's festivities at West Dennis Beach include bonfires, live music, and the big fireworks show.
For more information, visit the Dennis Chamber of Commerce website at dennischamber.com
Yarmouth Seaside Festival
Date: October 11, 2015
Time: 8 p.m.
Place: Seagull Beach, South Yarmouth
Local Tip: The Seaside Festival is the "last hurrah" of the season in the town of Yarmouth. This popular annual Columbus Day weekend event features all sorts of activities including a road race, a huge crafts fair, canoe and kayak races, beach activities, a bonfire, a parade ... and the big fireworks display over Seagull Beach.
For more information, visit the Festival's website at yarmouthseasidefestival.com
Ring in the New Year with the first big Cape Cod fireworks display of 2016 at Chatham's First Night celebration!
Date: December 31st
Place: Oyster Pond
Local Tip: As a special treat for the kids, there's an early "low level" fireworks show at 6:30 p.m. Watch the early-evening display from the parking lots and fields at the Chatham Community Center.
For more about First Night, visit firstnightchatham.com
By: Gary M. DellaPosta, CPA
If you, your spouse or dependents had significant medical or dental costs in 2015, you may be able to deduct those expenses when you file your tax return. Here are eight things you should know about medical and dental expenses and other benefits.
1. You must itemize. You can only claim medical expenses that you paid for in 2015, and only if you itemize on Schedule A on Form 1040. If you take the standard deduction, you can't claim these expenses.
2. Deduction is limited. You can deduct all the qualified medical costs that you paid for during the year. However, you can only deduct the amount that is more than 10 percent of your adjusted gross income. The AGI threshold is still 7.5 percent of your AGI if you or your spouse is age 65 or older. This exception will apply through December 31, 2016.
3. Expenses must have been paid in 2015. You can include medical and dental expenses you paid during the year, regardless of when the services were provided. Be sure to save your receipts and keep good records to substantiate your expenses.
4. You can't deduct reimbursed expenses. Your total medical expenses for the year must be reduced by any reimbursement. Costs reimbursed by insurance or other sources do not qualify for a deduction. Normally, it makes no difference if you receive the reimbursement or if it is paid directly to the doctor or hospital.
5. Whose expenses qualify. You may include qualified medical expenses you pay for yourself, your spouse and your dependents. Some exceptions and special rules apply to divorced or separated parents, taxpayers with a multiple support agreement, or those with a qualifying relative who is not your child.
6. Types of expenses that qualify. You can deduct expenses primarily paid for the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment or prevention of disease, or treatment affecting any structure or function of the body. For drugs, you can only deduct prescription medication and insulin. You can also include premiums for medical, dental and certain long-term care insurance in your expenses. And, you can also include lactation supplies.
7. Transportation costs may qualify. You may deduct transportation costs primarily for and essential to medical care that qualifies as a medical expense, including fares for a taxi, bus, train, plane or ambulance as well as tolls and parking fees. If you use your car for medical transportation, you can deduct actual out-of-pocket expenses such as gas and oil, or you can deduct the standard mileage rate for medical expenses, which is 23 cents per mile for 2015.
8. No double benefit. You can't claim a tax deduction for medical and dental expenses you paid for with funds from your Health Savings Accounts (HAS) or Flexible Spending Arrangements (FSA). Amounts paid with funds from those plans are usually tax-free. This rule prevents two tax benefits for the same expense.
Gary DellaPosta is a CPA and founder of the firm: Gary M DellaPosta, CPA's & Business Advisors. A graduate of Bryant University, he is a member of the American Institute of CPA's as well as the Massachusetts Society of CPA's. In addition to providing accounting, tax and advisory services to individuals and businesses, he also provides litigation support to attorneys and has been recognized as an expert in numerous Massachusetts' courts. Mr. DellaPosta serves on the Board of the Barnstable County Mutual Insurance Co., where he serves on the audit, investment and employee benefit committees. He is a Director at The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod and is a former director of Eastern Bank and Plymouth Savings Bank. He also serves as the Treasurer of the Community Health Center of Cape Cod and is a trustee of Heritage Museum & Gardens.
Even though the daily news coverage has slowed, over 500,000 victims of the earthquake in Nepal remain homeless and the monsoon season is just around the corner. As a result, the Falmouth Rotary Club is launching a major effort to raise awareness of the continued housing needs and to raise funds to help provide ShelterBoxes for ten families.
The local Rotary Club will have a ShelterBox set up at peg Noonan Park from 10:00 am on Saturday, June 27, through 5:00 pm on Sunday, June 28. Residents and guests are invited to examine the tent and its contents, and to make a donation. The club raised over $10,000 four years ago with a similar project following the Haitian earthquake.
ShelterBoxes contain a tent that will sleep 10 people as well as the necessary supplies that families need to return to some form or normal routine and to help restore their dignity. Since its founding in 2000, the non-profit volunteer organization has collaborated with Rotary International to respond to earthquakes, floods, volcanoes, tsunamis, hurricanes, landslides, typhoons and conflict, delivering emergency humanitarian aid to communities in need.
The 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, the 2010 Haiti earthquake, the Syria crisis, and the biggest storm to ever make landfall – Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines; ShelterBox has responded to some of the largest humanitarian crises the modern world has ever known. Alongside this, they have also helped many thousands of people displaced by disasters that are not featured in the media.
The display will be manned around the clock during the weekend.
For complete information, visit www.shelterboxusa.org, www.falmouthrotary.com, or call Will Barrett (831-262-6989) or Steve Clay (508-563-5800).
WE CAN offers free 30 minute appointments with an attorney each month at the Falmouth Service Center! The attorney specializes in family law (custody issues/divorce/child support) but this month they will also give advice on criminal law matters.
Cape Cod Moms is part of a great blogging network called Bodacious Bloggers and they are having a summer blog hop! May’s prompt was to take us on a tour of where you live – check that out here! We decided to hop on the train for June. This month’s prompt is to recap highlights from the last decade of your life. To read the other blog's click here!
The past decade has been full of many life experiences. Some of these times have been very rewarding and others have been full of lessons. In 2005, I was fairly fresh out of college, working my first real job and eager to take on the world. At the time there were so many possibilities and few responsibilities. A decade later, a young girl has become a young woman. Today my life is still just as full of possibilities and definitely full of more responsibilities including a child. Here are some of the things I have learned over the past ten years.
1.) The one things in life that is constant is change. There are new paths to be explored, mountains to climb, obstacles to circumvent, and oceans to swim. Ten years later I have had my fair share of all these circumstances, however there was one experience that completely changed my outlook on life….. the birth of my child. To finally experience all encompassing, unconditional love was one of the greatest gifts I have ever experienced.
2.) Good girlfriends are the cement that hold us together. One of the major things that has not changed is that you can always count on your girlfriends especially when things get rough. I have been lucky enough to have some amazing women in my life over the past decade that I am proud to call friends. All these women are mothers including one who is due any day with her first child. It was because of them that it made it easier to get through new baby hazing stage or the trials of motherhood as the children get older. It is our strength and common experience that unites us and it is with our support of one another that we are able to tackle motherhood with a bit of humor.
3.) Family is the most important thing. At the end of the day, these are the people that truly have your back and support you. Like all families, there may have been times over the past decade when we struggle but we always are there for each other when it matters. Family has always been hugely important to me. It is important to me that the next generation of our family remain close, grow up being best friends and to always be surrounded by people who love them. We put them first so that someday they will put their family first.
4.) LOVE LIFE. I have learned that it is important to take the time to just enjoy being. It is my son who has taught me that. I try to look at the world through his eyes. I find that even taking a few minutes every day to just soak it all in helps remind me of all the wonderment there is in the small things like blowing bubbles, picking berries, or exploring a sand dune. He has also helped me imagine the possibilities that are still to come. I know there will be challenges along the way, days where those obstacles will feel overwhelming but they will pass and they are worth it for what else awaits us. When those moments happen though, I am just going to take out my bottle of bubbles and let it go.
Thank you for taking this retrospective journey with me. When the blog hop post for this month is published, I’ll share the link so you can visit the other bloggers.
Does your child love films? Love talking about films? Love being on camera? Then, there’s a camp for that. The KIDS FIRST! Film Critics Boot Camp takes place at the Martha's VineyardFilm Center July 27 – 31 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. Campers learn a variety of behind-the-scenes skills of the film industry as they write and videotape film reviews daily. At the end of the camp, the kids will be invited to join the national KIDS FIRST! Film Critics team where they will attend press screenings, red carpets and other media related events and report on them. The fee is $459 and there are four (4) full scholarships available thanks to the generosity of local supporters. This camp is a project of the 24-year-old national, nonprofit, Coalition for Quality Children’s Media. We believe that “smart kids make smart consumers.” For more information, go to:
http://www.kidsfirst.org/become-a-juror/2015.BootCamp.html or call 505.989.8076.
By: Amanda Anderson
Cape Cod Potato Chip Factory Tours is a fun activity that open Monday threw Friday 9am- 5pm. After you park in the designated spot you have to walk a little around the building to get into the tour entrance. This tour is a self guided one. You can make this tour a quick one, or really take your time since it is self guided.
They do not allow strollers into the building. They also do not allow you to take photographs once you are inside the building, so make sure to take one with the cool sign at the entrance. The tour is a hall way with windows into the factory to your right and cool facts along the wall to your left. You can enjoy watching the potatoes fall into the fryer , fall up and down the conveyor belt, get sorted and bagged. At the end of the tour you end up in a small shop. You can buy a variety of their chips and merchandise. They allow you to take two small bags of chips with you when you leave. I think this is a great little tour for learning where chips come from, from potato, to chip, and shows how many machines and people it takes to make that process happen.
By: Amanda A
Armstrong-Kelley Park is located in beautiful Osterville. It was very easy to find for those who are directionally confused as I am. As you pull up you will see a large open space with picnic tables, a great area for you to sit and enjoy a bagged lunch. The landscape is amazing, featuring many different types of plants and flowers to view. You can choose from a wide variety of walking or hiking trails. My daughters favorite walk included ending up at Liam’s View which has a large wooden train to play in. The John Folk Water Garden was a favorite of mine, watching the fish swim around in the beautiful small pond is quite relaxing. If your looking to relax and have a read then check out the Garden Of Verses with its many poems. Buddy’s Place was a favorite of my mothers, it’s a quite memorial garden which was still being worked on when we made your visit. One of the great things about this park is that you can not only bring your human family, but you can include you fur babies as well. There is something for everyone at this park whether your young or young at heart.
By: Erica W
This is a quiet little area. Not to much was going on while we were there. We went for a picnic near the water part. It is very pretty and a nice area for walking leisurely. It's picturesque as well. There is a walkway down to the water with a whole bunch of different anchors to look at. Beautiful flowers are all around. There is a part behind parking, which is free, but I had my little one so we didn't go up that way. It is not to big but very pretty. Some parts would be difficult to get up and see if using a stroller but walking is fine. There is a dock over the water you can walk on. Someone was getting married in it when we went. Make sure to check for ticks as there are a lot of trees above!
Falmouth Rotary Club is holding their annual Pancake Breakfast this Saturday to benefit the local scholarships including the exclusive college junior year scholarship! For $6, you can eat all the pancakes you want! Military members in uniform eat free!
#Pancakes #Payingitforward #scholarships #community
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