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Award Winners for the 2018 Independence Day Parade

Award Categories 2018 Winner Float #
OVERALL BEST in Parade Phillips Farm Family #26
OVERALL 2nd Place Bog Lane Farm #1
OVERALL 3rd Place Friends of Monomoy #57
Best Youth Float Monomoy Regional School District #23
Most Patriotic Float Bog Lane Farm #1
Best Small Float Fisherman’s Daughter #53
Best Large Float Kathleen Kelly & Jenn Gilmartin #35
Best Civic Float Wildcare #21
Funniest Float Fitzgerald Family #29
Best Family Float Magner Family #50

Brooke Linell returning to start Annual Chatham Independence Parade

Born and raised in Chatham, Brooke Linell was the talented singer who started the parade last year.  She graduated last year from Nauset Regional High School. She has been pursuing her studies at the University of New Hampshire this past year.

Brooke Linell, at center, will be singing the National Anthem for the 2018 parade. Photo from taken by Sue Campbell Linnell


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 who did not check in during the pre-registration times 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 arrive between 7:00am – 7:30am
      • Entry #34 through #65 arrive between 7:30am – 8:00am
      • Entries #66 and up arrive 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 6:30AM.

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 2018 Independence Day parade is now set!

Chatham Police Department
Chatham Veterans
Chatham Veterans’ Auxiliary
  USCG Station Chatham
  US Coast Guard Auxiliary, Cape Cod Flotilla 11-1 (Chatham)
Chatham Fire Department
Chatham Town Flag
Chatham Selectmen
  The Chatham Band
  Grand Marshal
1 Bog Lane Farm
2 Chatham Scouts
3 Cape Cod Model A Club
4 Model Club of Cape CodF
5 Model A Club of Cape Cod
6 Cape Cod Model A Club
7 Extraordinary Arts LLC – CANCELLED
8 Jack Wills
9 Benjamin T. Nickerson, Inc
10 Yarmouth Minutemen
11 Monomoy Yacht Club
12 Centercourt
13 Boston College Club of Cape Cod
14 Chatham Municipal Airport- CCFC
15 DY Band
16 Capt. Joshua Gray-Jonathan Hatch Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution
17 Chatham Hood Bikes
18 Beach Bum Surf Co.
19 Medfield
20 Island Pursuit
21 Wild Care
22 Chatham Shellfish Compnay
23 Monomoy Regional School District
24 All Worn Out Jug Band – CANCELLED
25 John C Domos Carpentry
26 Phillips Farm Family
27 Summer Sitters
28 Codcomm/
29 The FitzGerald Family
30 Chatham Drama Guild
31 Paul Bosnyak
32 Chandler Travis Philharmonic Trombone Shout Band
33 Chatham Orpheum Theater
34 Sacrred Surf School
35 Kathleen Kelly and Jenn Gilmartin
36 Cape Cod Water Sports
37 Chatham Democratic Town Comittee
38 Canon Hill
39 The Clifford Family
40 New England Vacation Rentals
41 Chatham Athletic Association
42 Steve Morgan and the Kingfish
43 Timothy Davis
44 RJ’s Beauty
45 Freedom Cruise Line
47 All Points beautiful
48 Southern Tide
49 ChefDazzer
50 The Magner Family
51 The Cape Cod Fiddlers
52 The Fisher Family
53 Fisherman’s Daughter
54 Ports and Company
55 Jessica Zinger
56 Ken Owens Memorial Soccer Jamboree
57 Friends of Monomoy
58 Paul Jenkins and Sons, Inc
60 John Cassaboon/Al Boragine
61 John Kelley
62 The Chatham Squire
63 Captain Santa & friends
64 First Night Chatham
65 Chatham Bars Inn
66 United States Power Squadrons – Cape Cod
67 Cape Cod Beach Chair Company
68 Regional Consulting Company
69 Highland Light Scottish Pipe Band
70 FatFace
71 Del Mar Vacations
72 Oasis Salon and Day Spa
73 Baker-Polito Campaign
73*85 Chatham Republican Town Committee
74 Chatham Window Washing
75 The Placeholders
76 Clifford Excavation
77 Stage Harbor Yacht Club
79 First Crush Winery
80 Dreamers Dixieland
81 Outermost Harbor Marine
82 Hydrangea Walk
83 monomoy community services
84 sweet tomatoes pizza
86 Oyster River Boatyard
87 The Chatham Fiddle Company
88 Atlantic White Shark Conservancy/Everglades Boats
89 Bayberry Lane
90 Chillers
91 Chatham Yacht Club
92 Redemption Rock Church of Cape Cod
93 Les Clemons
94 Cape Shark Co.
95 Lilly Pulitzer
96 Chris Fitz Band