The summer is arguably the best time to visit the Atlantic Seaboard, and if you have the option, coming in July is quite the treat—because you get to celebrate Independence Day the Cape Cod way! And this means—you guessed it—plenty of fireworks! There’s nothing like the anticipation of a firework ascending skyward followed by the breathtaking kaboom and streaks of brilliant color.
The Fourth of July is extra special here in Massachusetts thanks to the importance of Boston in America’s Revolution—the state was even the first, in 1781, to recognize the day as a holiday. So if you’re here, you’ll note the extra patriotism in the festivities.
The small-town feel is still very much alive on Cape Cod, so there are several fireworks shows to choose from over the Fourth of July weekend. Choose one to visit, or attend as many as possible! All events are free unless otherwise noted. Here are some of the fireworks shows going on:
July 1st: Mashpee
Starting the season off right is the festival at Mashpee High School. Beginning at 5 p.m., the festival will include carnival games, a moon bounce, pony rides, and plenty of fantastic food available for purchase. Topping it all off will be the fireworks show. When it comes to American Independence, we say: celebrate early and celebrate often!
July 2nd: Orleans
This firework show will be held a little after sunset at Rock Harbor. This is where you should go for the best seats, but the show will still be visible from beaches out in Brewster and Eastham. Head on out and keep an eye out for them! (Note: even in summer, it can get chilly on beaches after sundown. Extra layers are recommended.)
July 4: Hyannis
Head to Lewis Bay or anywhere along the West Yarmouth beaches for a spot to watch this fantastic firework show, starting at 9 o’ clock in the evening. Like most of the fireworks here, festivities, including parades and music, will be going on in the afternoon hours.
July 4: Provincetown
Fireworks are usually set off out over the water; how would you like to be on the water with them? Dolphin Fleet is offering a special fireworks cruise at 8 p.m., with reservations going fast! For those watching from shore, make sure you’ve got your seat before the fireworks begin at 9 p.m.
July 8: Sandwich
True, it’s after the Independence Day season, but we’d be remiss to not mention the Sandwich Town Fair at Sandwich High School. If you’re in the area during this time, it’s worth checking out! For admission costs, parking information, and the schedule, check out sandwichtownfair.org.
Count on Us!
With several different options to choose from for the big day, you may not know how to choose. Each town though has its own special feel—the differences are noticeable, but hard to explain if you’re from out of state. If you want help deciding, contact your property manager—we’re locally based, so we can help you choose whichever show we think you’d like best based on your preferences.