Summers on Cape Cod are already the all-American experience of your dreams, so it only makes sense to celebrate that all-American holiday, 4th of July, right here with us at New England Vacation Rentals. Offering a place to stay where the days seem to stretch on forever and the nights are dark and romantic, the colorful fireworks shows associated with our nation’s birthday will add the perfect ending touch to yet another perfect day in paradise. Our guide to the 4th of July on Cape Cod will ensure you won’t miss out on a single moment of Independence Day fun. Isn’t it time to start making your plans today?
After a patriotic breakfast of blueberry-topped pancakes with whipped cream (make your own in the kitchen of your NEVR holiday escape!), it’s time to head over to Main Street in Orleans for the annual Independence Day Parade! Featuring marching bands and fire trucks, colorful floats, and classic cars, the fun starts at 10 AM, but you’re going to want to get there early to stake your spot!
Orleans isn’t the only place in town offering a 4th of July on Cape Cod Parade; Chatham’s offers its own patriotic parade that also happens to be one of the oldest in the country! This year’s theme is all about honoring our courageous soldiers from today, yesterday, and of course tomorrow, so if you or someone in your family falls into one of those categories, Chatham is where you’ll want to be on July 4th from 9:30 until 11:30 AM. Those of us at New England Vacation Rentals even participate in this great parade every year!
American celebrations are 50% about the event, 50% about the people, and 100% about the food and drink. Hey, no one claimed we were mathematicians, but we certainly know our parties! Your 4th of July fun can be had right at home with food you purchased at one of the grocery stores found nearest your vacation getaway, or you can visit the Dog House at 189 Lower County Road in Dennis Port for your hot dog fix, followed up with a visit to Sundae School Ice Cream at 381 Lower County Road. And as for the beer? Try the Sand Dollar Bar & Grill, 244 Lower County Road, and celebrate the 4th in the way that makes you happiest!
4th of July on Cape Cod would just be another day without a firework show, and while it can be fun to watch with the crowds, in many of our homes, all you need to do is step outside the door and look to the sky! As the sky lights up with colorful explosions, take a moment to be grateful. Choosing NEVR for your holiday escape was the best decision you’ve made all year! Learn more about us!
The countdown has begun! Another page on the calendar has been torn off, bringing us closer to the lazy days of summer, with Memorial Day generally counting as the starting pistol for our favorite time of year. And although this special day offers the taste of sweet ice cream, the feel of sunburned noses, and the smell of fireworks, it’s the deeper side of the holiday that brings meaning into our lives, and for everyone who has lost someone close during their service for our country, spending Memorial Day close to the spot where our country began is the best way to honor those brave souls. This guide to Memorial Day on Cape Cod events will ensure you get to acknowledge both sides of the coin in ways that are fun and meaningful!
Moving is the only way we can describe this hour-long ceremony featuring Scouts, VFW members, American Legion members, the Chatham Coast Guard Color Guard, and the Coast Guard Auxiliary. Starting at 10 AM on May 27 and ending at 11:15 AM, it’s the perfect way to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation.
We love a parade and the Brewster Memorial Day Parade every year holds a special place in our hearts! Sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign War #9917 and beginning at noon, everyone from the very young to the very old will feel patriotic as they watch the red, white, and blue decorations on marching bands and floats stream on by. This is one of the favorite tourist attractions for Memorial Day on Cape Cod.
Offering special readings to commemorate the day, Eastham’s Memorial Day on Cape Cod Ceremony is another local favorite. Those participating in this acknowledgment of Eastham’s veterans and their families include the fire department, police department, and the Coast Guard. Emotional and heartfelt, everyone is invited to attend!
Nothing represents our nation better than a good old-fashioned parade, and this one in Dennis has all that we love about the simple march. From decorated floats to marching bands to fire trucks and police cars gliding by with lights flashing, the visual wonders will make you smile as the speeches given will bring a tear to your eye!
Of course, the events listed here are just a sampling of the wonderful ways Cape Cod celebrates this meaningful holiday, and New England Vacation Rentals are first in line to celebrate, no matter which village we are in! And when it’s time to reserve your vacation digs, we hope you’ll think of us and our homes that are built in the classic New England style and are the perfect place to celebrate any holiday. Reserve yours today!
Traveling to Cape Cod at any time is always a good time, but when the holidays are here, your Cape Cod expedition becomes a magical one, and from New Year’s to Christmas, nearly every month offers a new holiday and a new reason to visit. Even when you do the same things you can do every visit—for example, exploring the cranberry bogs in Harwich—visiting the Easter Bunny afterward amps up the fun values even higher, and this guide to our upcoming special holiday activities will ensure you don’t miss out on a single adventure during your Cape Cod holiday!
Not many people think of traveling during the Easter holiday, but in our minds, it’s the perfect time to visit Cape Cod! The weather is starting to get warmer but the crowds haven’t arrived yet, allowing you to enjoy your stay in Brewster living as a local! And because your children would not be happy if the Easter Bunny didn’t bring eggs for them to hunt, the Anglican Church of the Resurrection sponsors an annual Easter egg hunt; all you need to bring is a basket to put them in! After the eggs have been collected, a walk along the Cape Cod Rail Trail allows you to enjoy the beauty of a spring day on Cape Cod.
Memorial Day is more than just a three-day weekend; it’s a day set aside to remember those who have sacrificed so much for our freedom. When you stay in one of our Dennis vacation homes, you can start off the day with a parade and a ceremony. Starting at 8:45 AM at Signal Hill Road and ending at 9:30 AM, that leaves plenty of room in your day for a trip to the Cape Cod Museum of Art at 60 Hope Lane!
What better place is there to celebrate our nation’s independence than right here on the Cape? We’re less than an hour away from where it all began on Plymouth Rock! Held on a Thursday this year, we think an extra long weekend may be just what’s needed to make sure you get it all in. Start the day with a parade commemorating our country’s service men and women and end with fireworks over the water. In between, you can stake your claim on Lighthouse Beach and spend the day frolicking in the surf! This is definitely the best Cape Cod holiday.
No matter what the holiday or what your reason is for visiting Cape Cod, celebrating in style in one of our New England Vacation Rentals holiday escapes will add an extra shine to your sparkling getaway! Comfortable, stylish, and designed for the way families live, your Cape Cod holiday in our home will be a memorable one. Reserve yours today!
Even though Labor Day weekend is at the tail end of our summer season, it is still the perfect time to visit Harwich, Massachusetts and see what Cape Cod is all about. With so much to do in Harwich, you might need a little help narrowing down your vacation itinerary. Here are five incredible Harwich activities to do to celebrate Labor Day:
In Harwich, you can find everything from bustling public beaches to private and secretive hidden beaches that are perfect for some additional privacy. Since July and August are the busy months in Harwich, the crowds should be a little thinner and less hectic for a family getaway. Relax with the gentle waves of the ocean and the sun setting in the background.
Cape Cod is full of delectable restaurants to dine at for a romantic evening or family fun. Enjoy a casual eatery just off the coast for lunch or visit a fine dining establishment. Labor Day weekend can be busy with tourists, so make sure you call ahead for a reservation for your lunch or dinner plans. We love the outdoor patios of Ember Pizza and Wings, The Port, Perks and the Mad Minnow. All have food and music.
Each year the Annual Labor Day Road Race is held to showcase the top 5K racers in our area. Participants are awarded in multiple categories with an overall winner announced. Stretch out your legs and see how you stack up against our New England runners!
Take a short trip over to the Pamet River and enjoy a look at Cape Cod’s agriculture highlights with the Truro Agriculture Fair. This annual event is a great way to see the various healthy produce harvested in the area and how New England’s farmers continue to protect and respect the environment. Family friendly activities will include live music, a pie eating contest, bake shows, and tons of kids’ games.
Another great local event is the Vineyard Artisan Festival, an annual celebration to support the local arts of Cape Cod. You will enjoy delicious seafood, live music, and all kinds of kids’ activities like hay rides and more. Entry is free, so bring the whole family!
Now is the time to check out Cape Cod for your next family vacation getaway and enjoy all of the great Harwich activities. Let New England Vacation Rentals help you find the perfect vacation rental that will make you feel right at home. Call us today and see what properties we have available.
It happens every year at this time—suddenly we turn the page of the calendar, October is over and Thanksgiving and Christmas are just a short time away! How did this happen? Only yesterday it was the first day of summer and NOW IT IS CHRISTMAS?!!! Fortunately, you were smart this year, and determined that your holidays would be spent in one of the most beautiful spots on earth: Cape Cod. Good planning, my friends! Because we are so proud of you for thinking ahead, we are going to offer up a list of holiday experiences on Cape Cod that will make you even happier!
While the Cape is traditionally a summer vacation paradise, the reality of this beautiful vacation destination is that it’s beauty can be enjoyed year-round, and at Christmas, Cape Cod really shines! The weather is perfect for a visit from everyone’s favorite jolly old elf: cold, crisp, and snowy, just like his home at the North Pole!
Lobster Pot Christmas Tree – Because we like to be a little different than most, Provincetown offers the lighting of the Lobster Pot Christmas tree!
Gardens Aglow – The Heritage Museums and Gardens in Sandwich dress up their already stunning gardens from November 25th through December 18th with 10 miles of twinkle lights, marshmallow roasts, and visits from the jolly guy himself!
Polar Express – You and your children can live the story of the Polar Express aboard a Cape Cod Central Railroad train in Buzzards Bay featuring hot cocoa, a dramatic reading of the book, and a visit from Santa!
Falmouth Holidays by the Sea – The season kicks off with the largest parade in the region—after Santa arrives by boat, that is; his reindeer need to conserve energy for the big night! After the parade on Thanksgiving Day, Falmouth becomes Christmas central with caroling and the downtown stroll. This town is one of the more festive ones on Cape Cod, and that is saying a lot!
Brewster for the Holidays – In addition to the traditional Christmas festivities, Brewster offers blacksmith demonstrations and the annual lighting of the Windmill in Drummer Boy Park.
Hyannis Christmas Stroll and Harbor Lighting – Hyannis is where you want to be December 2nd. Daytime celebrations include rides in horse drawn carriages, carolers strolling the streets of downtown, and a petting zoo. But as soon as the sun sets, the real fun begins with a boat parade! The boats are lit up and dressed in their holiday finest. We love Hyannis at Christmas and we think you will too!
The Holidays on Cape Cod are absolutely amazing. Book your luxury New England Vacation Rental today and start planning for the most magical holiday celebration ever!