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Now accepting nominations from the Grand Marshal of the 2018 Chatham Independence Day Parade

Grand MarshalWe welcome nominations for Grand Marshal of the 2018 Chatham Independence Day Parade. The Grand Marshal is designated to take the lead in the processional and in the hosting of festivities. As the Grand Marshal is a position of special honor, the nominee must be a year round or summer resident of Chatham and one who has made significant contributions to our community. Don’t forget to tell us why you feel this person deserves to be chosen!

You can nominate the person online by selecting General Information ->Chatham Independence Day Parade Grand Marshal Nomination Application or clicking this link.

The Independence Day Parade Committee will review all the nominations and will make the final decisions. All nominations must be received by May 31, 2018. The Grand Marshal will be announced in late June just prior to the parade.

2018 parade applications are now open

Ready to submit an entry for a float in the 2018 Chatham Independence Day Parade? Then visit our entry submissions page at It only takes a minute to get yourselves registered.

DEADLINE IS JUNE 1st! Please be sure to read our “Essential Information” page for all  important information for entrants!

Essential entrant information for the 2018 parade

Parade Theme: Hooked on Chatham

PARADE ENTRY SUBMISSIONS DUE JUNE 1st! Thank you for your interest and we hope to see you in the parade!  You can submit your registration here: Parade Entrant Registration Form

Rules for Participation – These rules are for the safety of everyone. Not following these rules could jeopardize your participation in the parade and future parades, with the decision of the Chatham Independence Day Parade Committee being final.

  • No float apparatus or act can exceed 14 feet height from street level and width must not exceed 8 feet.
  • All floats and displays must be free from images reflecting cruelty, denigration or abuse to persons or groups, because of race, creed, gender or economic status.
  • Emergency vehicles must be given right of way at all times.
  • Entrants must abide by all laws of the land.
  • Participants must remain grouped within parade boundaries or as directed by Police or Parade Monitors. If the parade stops, participant groups must remain together. Unauthorized stops along the parade route are not permitted. It is essential to keep pace throughout the parade for the best experience for the spectators and the other entrants.
  • Drinking alcoholic beverages is prohibited while in line before start of parade and during parade.
Throwing anything to the crowd from floats, trucks and cars, including candy is strictly prohibited. This creates a potential dangerous situation with implication of safety and injury.

Logistics  – Entrants’ position number in the parade will be assigned by June 24th , and will be listed on the Independence Day Parade Committee website and appear in the June 27th issue of the Chronicle.

On June 28, June 29, and June 30 entrants may pre-register and pick up their position number flags at the Chatham Police Department at 249 George Ryder Road.

Pre Check In JUNE 28 – 8:00am – 1:00pm 

Pre Check In JUNE 29 – 2:00pm – 7:00pm 

Pre Check In JUNE 30 – 9:00am – 11:00am

On parade day, entrants must check in and receive their position number from a Parade Monitor stationed on Shore Road near the Chatham Town Fish Pier on July 4th. All entrants must be registered and checked in at the staging area on Shore Road no later than their designated time —

      • Entry #1 through #33 check in between 7:00am – 7:30am
      • Entry #34 through #65 check in between 7:30am – 8:00am
      • Entries #66 and up check in between 8:00am – 8:30am
      • All registration must be completed by 8:30am

Entrants will then proceed to their numbered stake on Shore Road.Position number must be displayed on the left side of the entry.

For those wishing to park at the Monomoy Regional Middle School shuttle bus will take you to Shore Road. This shuttle will run starting at 7AM.

The parade begins at 9:30am at the intersection of Shore Road and Main Street, and finishes at the intersection of Crowell Road and Tip Cart Road. Please adhere to police instructions for exiting the parade area.

A shuttle will run from the end of the parade back to the Monomoy Regional Middle School.


  • To qualify for awards, the entry must be consistent with the theme.
  • All awards are determined solely at the discretion of the Judges.
  • Entries are viewed by Judges along the parade route. The Judges’ reviewing stand is located on the lawn of the First United Methodist Church at the intersection of Main Street and Cross Street. Please do not stop here and delay the parade.
  • Your entry may win more than one award.
  • The entrant position numbers which you will receive at registration on parade day, are to be placed on left hand side of the entry (so that they will face the judges stand).

Award Categories

  • Overall Best – 1st Place which will be recognized by an engraved
    WinnersCupbrass plaque on the Chatham Parade Trophy displayed at Town Hall.
  • 2nd Place
  • 3rd Place
  • Most Patriotic
  • Funniest
  • Best Small Float (under 20 feet)
  • Best Large Float (over 20 feet)
  • Best Family Float
  • Best Civic Organization/Non-Profit
  • Best Youth (participants under 18 years old)

The Overall Best – First Place Winner – will be recognized by an engraved brass plaque on the Chatham Parade Trophy displayed at Town Hall.


All of the category award winners will receive a custom-designed engraved plaque which will be presented at an awards ceremony during the next Board of Selectmen meeting scheduled after July 4th.

2018 Parade Theme- “Hooked on Chatham!”

The countdown is on! The Chatham Independence Day Parade Committee is pleased to announce the theme for the 2018 Independence Day Parade – Hooked on Chatham!  


As is the custom, the Committee solicited theme ideas from the public and this year’s theme was suggested by Suzanne Schneeberger, a  regular visitor to Chatham who lives in Connecticut and is looking forward to the parade. The theme represents the idea that many people who live in or visit Chatham become “hooked” on many aspects of life here, and not just the fishing, but the boating, shopping, and dining; its beauty, history, beaches, and any reason that you are “hooked” on Chatham! “Let’s face it, we are all hooked on Chatham!” is how Schneeberger put it.

Parade participants will use the theme for inspiration to design their entries and be creative with why they are “hooked on Chatham.” Thousands of spectators are expected to line the streets of downtown Chatham for this year’s Independence Day Parade on Wednesday, the Fourth of July. “We announce the theme this early so prospective entrants can start designing their entries. There are a lot of creative people in this town and it’s amazing what they come up with each year,” Chairman Bohannon said. 

Prize categories for float entries will be announced by the end of February and the entry form will be available in early March. You will be able to find the online form and downloadable form on this website starting in March. Forms will also be emailed to previous entrants in hopes of them joining us again.

Nominations for Parade Grand Marshal will be accepted during the month of May and the decision will be announced in June. 

The Chatham Independence Day Committee is looking for additional volunteers to get involved with planning and managing the parade activities. Interested people should contact the committee at

Award Winners 2017 Independence Day Parade

Award Categories 2017 Winner Float #
OVERALL BEST in Parade Bog Lane Farm #91
OVERALL 2nd Place Phillips Farm Family #53
OVERALL 3rd Place Chatham Pottery #24
Best Youth Float Ken Owens Memorial Soccer Jamboree #94
Most Patriotic Float John Cassaboon #32
Best Small Float Fitzgerald Family #56
Best Large Float Cape Cod Beach Chair #4
Best Civic Float Friends of Monomoy #95
Funniest Float Return of the Bridge Street Buccaneers #1
Best Family Float Magner Family #80

Parade order for the 2017 Independence Day parade is now set!

  Chatham Police Department
  Chatham Veterans 
  Chatham Veterans’ Auxiliary
  USCG Station Chatham
  USCG Auxiliary Flotilla
  Chatham Fire Department
  Chatham Town Flag
  Chatham Selectmen
  Chatham Band
  Grand Marshal
1 Return of the Bridge Street Buccaneers
2 Chatham Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts
3 Chatham Bars Inn
4 Cape Cod Beach Chair Company
5 Highland Light Scottish Pipe Band
6 Stage Harbor Yacht Club
7 Monomoy Theatre
8 Oyster River Boatyard
9 The Celtic Roots
10 Paws and Claws
11 Monomoy Yacht Club
12 Pleasant Bay Community Boating
13 Dreamers Dixieland
14 Don Edge
15 Joseph Barrella 
16 Juliet Bernstein
17 Fisherman’s Daughter 
18 Chatham Design Center
19 Barkers of Orleans
20 Outermost Harbor Marine
21 Hydrangea Walk
22 The Chatham Fiddle Company
23 United States Power Squadrons – Cape Cod
24 Chatham Pottery
25 Chatham Town Democratic Committee
26 Chillers
27 Chatham Yacht Club
28 Chris Ruediger Duo
30 Old Colony Highlanders Pipe Band
31 john kelley
32 John Cassaboon
33 Les Clemons
34 Jack Wills
35 Benjamin T. Nickerson Inc.
36 pogodave
37 Yarmouth Minutemen
38 Centercourt Club & Sports
39 Boston College Club of Cape Cod
40 Cape Shark Co
41 DY Marching Band
42 Harwich Youth Services/Harwich COA
43 Chatham Hood Bikes
44 Heroes In Transition & oldCape Sotheby’s International Realty
45 Beach Bum Surf Co. 
46 Women of Fishing Families
47 Devil’s Purse Brewing Company 
48 Greatest Blaze & Co.
49 All Worn Out Jug Band
50 John Mancini
51 John Schnyer
52 John C. Domos
53 Phillips Farm Family
54 Summer Sitters
55 Codcomm Media Group/
56 The FitzGerald Family
57 Chatham Drama Guild
58 Bosnyak Family
59 Chatham Community Playground
60 Thomas E. Geagan
61 Ed Budd
62 Hal Knapp
63 Chandler Travis Philharmonic Trombone Shout Band
64 Chatham Orpheum Theater
65 Sacred Surf School
66 The Clifford Family
67 The Placeholders
68 Quigley Family Reunion
69 New England Vacation Rentals
70 Ms. Eelgrass 2014 ” Oceanus”
71 Canon Hill Band
72 Cape Cod Model A Club- Lemay
73 Cape Cod Model A Club – Moeder
74 Cape Cod Model A cLub- Whittaker
75 Carey Enterprises
76 Chatham Athletic Association, Inc.
77 Steve Morgan and the Kingfish
79 All Points Beautiful
80 Magner Family
81 MASJAH Center OHM Studios
82 Lower Cape Outreach Council
83 Life In Harmony
84 Lear/ Shepard family float
85 Late July Snacks
86 Cape & Islands License Plate
87 The Cape Cod Fiddlers
88 The Fisher Family
89 In The Pink
91 Bog Lane Farm
92 Ports and Company
93 Robert J Griffin
94 Ken Owens Memorial Soccer Jamboree
95 Friends of Monomoy
96 Tessa’s Treasure’s Mermaids
98 Chris Fitz Band
99 Chatham Squire
100 Santa’s back in town
101 First Night Chatham

Local Graduating High School Senior to start Annual Chatham Independence Parade

Born and raised in Chatham, Brooke Linell will graduate this year from Nauset Regional High School. She has been in the Honors Choir and served as captain of the swim team.  She will be pursuing her studies at the University of New Hampshire this Fall.

Brooke Linell, at center, will be singing the National Anthem for the 2017 parade. Photo from taken by Sue Campbell Linnell