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Cape Media News GUIDE to Independence Day

Filed in Blog, NEWS HEADLINES by on July 3, 2017 0 Comments • views: 774

Fourth of July on Cape Cod is like none other, and in our opinion, spending the holiday on Cape Cod is the only way to celebrate the birth of our nation!

A plethora of parades and fireworks await you on this Independence Day – and we’ve got your guide to what’s going on here in the mid-Cape.

Spending the Fourth on the beach? Here’s a guide to enjoying the holiday at Barnstable’s Sandy Neck Beach Park.

Celebrate Independence Day in Hyannis! 

Decorate Your Bike! 

The fun begins for kids 12 and under at 3:15 PM on the Village Green for the Greater Hyannis Civic Association’s annual Decorate your Bike, Carriage, or Wagon Contest. Kids 12 and under can bring their decorated bike, carriage, or wagon to the Village Green for a contest! All participants will receive a ribbon and a prize, and then join the parade down Main Street! Parents are welcome to march in the parade with their children. Want to know more? Contact GHCA president Deb Krau at 508-778-1756 or email her at

Parade Time!

Town of Barnstable Fourth of July Parade

 “Independence Day the Barnstable Way” 

4:00 PM  Main Street Hyannis

The flagship Fourth of July Parade, sponsored by the Town of Barnstable. This year’s theme, “Independence Day the Barnstable Way” will be interpreted with floats, bands, animals, and so much more. 

Former Hyannis Fire Chief Harold Brunelle is this year’s Grand Marshall. Chief Brunelle retired this year after a long and successful career.

Chief Brunelle waves at the crowd from his perch on a Hyannis fire truck during the 2016 Town of Barnstable Fourth of July parade.

Parking/Travel Restrictions: Parking Ban in effect from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM on Main Street, Old Colony Road, and South Street. Main Street, Old Colony Road, and Ocean street from South Street to Main will be closed to motor vehicle traffic beginning at 2:00 PM.

Music & Fireworks!

Fun in Hyannis continues after the parade concludes!

The Barnstable Town Band will perform a concert on the Hyannis Village Green from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM. Head down to Aselton Park at 7:00 PM to hear the funky sounds of Cape Cod’s own
Funktapuss. They’ll be laying down the groove as you lay down your blanket and beach chairs and await the fireworks display that goes off from a barge in Lewis Bay at 9:00 PM.


Heading to the Hyannis fireworks? Here’s what you need to know:

When to watch:  Fireworks will be launched at dusk (8:45/9:00) from a barge in Lewis Bay.

Where to watch: Aselton Park, Bismore Park, Veteran’s Beach

Where (and where not) to park: parking ban is in place from 5:00 PM to midnight south of South Street, including Ocean Street, Old Colony Boulevard, Gosnold Street, and all streets running off Gosnold. Kalmus Beach is reserved for handicapped parking only. 

      *Best bet for parking: North Street parking lot, Town Hall parking lot. Carpooling is encouraged.


Parade Listings

Chatham: 9:30 AM – Main Street

Barnstable/West Barnstable: 9:00 AM – Barnstable County Complex

Centerville: 10:00 AM – Centerville Elementary School

Cotuit: 11:00 – Cotuit Post Office

Hyannisport: 11:00 – Hyannisport Post Office

Osterville: 11:00 – Washington Avenue

Hyannis Harbor Boat Parade: 2:00 PM – Hyannis Harbor






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