We 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!
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.
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).
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 Chathamparade@gmail.com.
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.