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 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 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.

Parade order for the 2018 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 Bog Lane Farm
2 Chatham Scouts
Cape Cod Model A Club
Model Club of Cape CodF
Model A Club of Cape Cod
Cape Cod Model A Club
Extraordinary Arts LLC
8 Jack Wills
Benjamin T. Nickerson, Inc
Yarmouth Minutemen
Monomoy Yacht Club
12 Centercourt
Boston College Club of Cape Cod
Chatham Municipal Airport- CCFC
15 DY Band
Capt. Joshua Gray-Jonathan Hatch Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution
Chatham Hood Bikes
Beach Bum Surf Co.
19 Medfield
20 Island Pursuit
21 Wild Care
Chatham Shellfish Compnay
Monomoy Regional School District
All Worn Out Jug Band
John C Domos Carpentry
Phillips Farm Family
27 Summer Sitters
The FitzGerald Family
Chatham Drama Guild
31 Paul Bosnyak
Chandler Travis Philharmonic Trombone Shout Band
Chatham Orpheum Theater
Sacrred Surf School
Kathleen Kelly and Jenn Gilmartin
Cape Cod Water Sports
37 Canon Hill
The Clifford Family
New England Vacation Rentals
Chatham Athletic Association
Steve Morgan and the Kingfish
42 Timothy Davis
43 RJ’s Beauty
Freedom Cruise Line
All Points beautiful
47 Southern Tide
48 ChefDazzer
The Magner Family
The Cape Cod Fiddlers
The Fisher Family
Ports and Company
53 Jessica Zinger
Ken Owens Memorial Soccer Jamboree
Friends of Monomoy
Paul Jenkins and Sons, Inc
John Cassaboon/Al Boragine
59 John Kelley
The Chatham Squire
Captain Santa & friends
First Night Chatham
Chatham Bars Inn
United States Power Squadrons – Cape Cod
Cape Cod Beach Chair Company
Regional Consulting Company
Highland Light Scottish Pipe Band
Edwin K Whittaker
Del Mar Vacations
Oasis Salon and Day Spa
Baker-Polito Campaign
Chatham Window Washing
The Placeholders
Clifford Excavation
Stage Harbor Yacht Club
76 Gerald Milden
First Crush Winery
Dreamers Dixieland
Outermost Harbor Marine
Hydrangea Walk
monomoy community services
sweet tomatoes pizza
Chatham Republican Town Committee
Oyster River Boatyard
The Chatham Fiddle Company
Chatham Democratic Town Comittee
On The Water Magazine/Everglades Boats
88 Bayberry Lane
89 Chillers
Chatham Yacht Club
Redemption Rock Church of Cape Cod
92 Les Clemons
93 Cape Shark Co.


Lily Pulitzer

Chris Fitz Band

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


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

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