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 Chathamparade@gmail.com.

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

2017 Parade Theme – “Chatham for the Holidays!”

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 Winners 2016 Independence Day Parade

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