|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|
|Chatham Police Department|
|Chatham Veterans’ Auxiliary|
|USCG Station Chatham|
|USCG Auxiliary Flotilla|
|Chatham Fire Department|
|Chatham Town Flag|
|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|
|8||Oyster River Boatyard|
|9||The Celtic Roots|
|10||Paws and Claws|
|11||Monomoy Yacht Club|
|12||Pleasant Bay Community Boating|
|18||Chatham Design Center|
|19||Barkers of Orleans|
|20||Outermost Harbor Marine|
|22||The Chatham Fiddle Company|
|23||United States Power Squadrons – Cape Cod|
|25||Chatham Town Democratic Committee|
|27||Chatham Yacht Club|
|28||Chris Ruediger Duo|
|30||Old Colony Highlanders Pipe Band|
|35||Benjamin T. Nickerson Inc.|
|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|
|52||John C. Domos|
|53||Phillips Farm Family|
|55||Codcomm Media Group/CapeCodRadio.com|
|56||The FitzGerald Family|
|57||Chatham Drama Guild|
|59||Chatham Community Playground|
|60||Thomas E. Geagan|
|63||Chandler Travis Philharmonic Trombone Shout Band|
|64||Chatham Orpheum Theater|
|65||Sacred Surf School|
|66||The Clifford Family|
|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|
|76||Chatham Athletic Association, Inc.|
|77||Steve Morgan and the Kingfish|
|79||All Points Beautiful|
|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|
|100||Santa’s back in town|
|101||First Night Chatham|
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.
Judges for this years parade will be
- Don Aikman
- Ginny Nickerson
- Colleen Cronin, Monomoy School Valedictorian
Parade Theme: “Chatham for the Holidays!” – Chatham is a great place to celebrate all holidays throughout the year.
PARADE ENTRY SUBMISSIONS FOR 2017 ARE NOW CLOSED! Thank you for your interest and we hope to see you in the parade next year!
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 26th , and will be listed on the Independence Day Parade Committee website and appear in the June 29th issue of the Chronicle.
On June 29, June 30, and July 1 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 29 – 8:00am – 1:00pm
Pre Check In JUNE 30 – 2:00pm – 7:00pm
Pre Check In JULY 1 – 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).
- Overall Best – 1st Place which will be recognized by an engraved
brass plaque on the Chatham Parade Trophy displayed at Town Hall.
- 2nd Place
- 3rd Place
- Most Patriotic
- 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.
The countdown is on! The Chatham Independence Day Parade Committee is pleased to announce the theme for the 2017 Independence Day Parade – Chatham for the Holidays! This year’s theme celebrates the notion that “Chatham is a great place to celebrate all holidays throughout the year” no matter when they fall.
As is the custom, the Committee solicited theme ideas from the public and this year’s theme was suggested by Chatham summer visitor Courtney Cratty. Inspired by how she has so much enjoyed celebrating the July 4th holiday in Chatham with her family for many years, she thought the theme was a perfect way for the community to honor and creatively celebrate what makes Chatham special over any holidays with family and friends. The Parade Committee agreed!
“With this announcement, the considerable creative talents that dwell in Chatham can now go to work to begin designing and constructing a parade float and ultimately compete for the coveted Chatham Cup which recognizes the Most Outstanding Float in the parade each year.” said Brad Schiff, IDP Committee Chair.
Last year’s winners were – “The Bridge Street Buccaneers” whose pirate puppet ship astounded the crowd and judges. In addition, this year, a Best Family Float has been added to the awards categories to inspire even more family participation.
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.
|Award Categories||2016 Winner||Float #|
|OVERALL BEST in Parade||Bridge Street Buccaneers||#73|
|OVERALL 2nd Place||Chatham Health & Swim Club||#61|
|OVERALL 3rd Place||Woman of Fishing Families||#89|
|Best Youth Float||Ken Owens Memorial Soccer Jamboree||#29|
|Most Patriotic Float||.Phillips Family Farm||#1|
|Best Small Float||Cobb Family||#85|
|Best Large Float||Chatham Pottery||#101|
|Best Civic Float||Chatham Turkey Trot||#64|
|Funniest Float||Martha and Philip Hoffman||#80|
Shore Road will be closed at 06:30 except for parade floats. Entry will only be possible from the traffic lights.
Barcliff Road will be closed for traffic towards Shore Road
Main Street to Shore Road will close at approximately 08:30.