Now accepting nominations from the Grand Marshal of the 2019 Chatham Independence Day Parade

Grand MarshalWe welcome nominations for Grand Marshal of the 2019 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!

You can nominate the person online by clicking this link. 

Or you can send an email using the link at the top right of this page.

The Independence Day Parade Committee will review all the nominations and will make the final decisions. All nominations must be received by May 31, 2019. The Grand Marshal will be announced in late June just prior to the parade.

2019 parade applications are now open

Ready to submit an entry for a float in the 2019 Chatham Independence Day Parade? Then visit our entry submissions page at http://chathamparade.com/chatham-july-4th-parade-entry-submission/. It only takes a minute to get yourselves registered.

DEADLINE IS JUNE 1st! Please be sure to read our “Essential Information” page for all  important information for entrants!

Essential entrant information for the 2019 parade

2019 Theme

Chatham Honors You!

Service Members Past, Present, Future

 

ESSENTIAL INFORMATION FOR ENTRANTS – PLEASE READ THOROUGHLY

Requirements for Entry:  


Submit your entry online here: Register your Entry Now

If you prefer a paper form, click here: Parade Registration Form 2019  Return your signed application and any questions by June 1, 2019 by emailing it to chathamparade@gmail.com, or bringing it to the Chatham Town Hall.

Please email any questions to chathamparade@gmail.com. All Entries will be reviewed by the Independence Day Parade Committee, and if it does not meet all requirements, participation will be denied.  Everything must be filled out completely for the application to be accepted.


Applications received after the June 1, 2019 deadline may NOT BE ACCEPTED

Safety Rules in Conjunction with the Chatham Police Department:


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 Entries 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 other entrants.
  • Drinking alcoholic beverages is prohibited while in line before start of parade and during parade.

Throwing anything to the crowd, including candy is strictly prohibited. This creates a potential dangerous situation with implication of safety and injury.

Logistics of Parade:

  • Entrants’ position number in the parade will be assigned and listed on the Independence Day Parade Committee website on June 24th and appear in the June 27th issue of the Cape Cod Chronicle.  Date of registration will not factor into parade position.
  • All entrants must be checked in and in parade position at your numbered staging area on Shore Road no later than the times designated below:
        • 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 entrants must be in parade position by 8:30am

       

      • Position number must be displayed on the LEFT side of the Entry.

Prior to parade day, entrants are encouraged to check in and pick up their position number flags at the Chatham Police Department at 249 George Ryder Road on the following days/times:

  • Saturday, JUNE 29 – 8:00am – 1:00pm  
  • Monday, JULY 1 – 2:00pm – 7:00pm  
  • Tuesday, JULY 2 – 9:00am – 11:00am

 

  • Entrants who are not able to check in during the above times must check in prior to positioning on Shore Road with a Parade Monitor stationed at the Chatham Town Fish Pier on the morning of July 4th.
  • 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.

 

    • For those wishing to park at the Monomoy Regional Middle School, a shuttle bus will take you to Shore Road. This shuttle will run starting at 6:30AM.

 

  • The shuttle will run from the end of the parade back to the Monomoy Regional Middle School.

Parade Judging:

      • 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.

Parade Award Categories:

    • Overall Best Entry – 1st Place which will be recognized by an engraved brass plaque on the Chatham Parade Trophy displayed at Town Hall.
    • 2nd Place Entry
    • 3rd Place Entry
    • Best Large Float (over 20 feet)
    • Best Small Float (under 20 feet)
    • Best Youth Entry (participants under
      18 years old)
    • Most Patriotic Entry
    • Funniest Entry
    • Best Family Entry
    • Best Civic Entry

All of the category award winners will receive a custom-designed engraved plaque which will be presented at an
awards ceremony during a Board of Selectmen meeting later in July.

 

2019 Parade theme: “Chatham Honors You! Service Members Past, Present, Future”

The countdown is on!  The Chatham Independence Day Parade Committee is pleased to announce the theme for 2019:

“Chatham Honors You! Service Members Past, Present, Future”

The idea was submitted by Sam Foley, 9, in honor of his grandfathers who both live in Chatham and served in the military. Sam lives in England but spends his summer vacations here. With a backdrop of this year’s 75th anniversary of D-Day, which changed the course of WWII, we honor all men and women who have served our country, not just the veterans of WWII but of all wars and those who have served during peacetime. We also honor Chatham’s contributions – the Marconi Center, Naval Base formerly on Eastward Point, Coast Guard at Chatham Light – as well as the many soldiers, sailors, and airmen and women who have and will protect us.

Parade participants will use the theme for inspiration to design their entries to honor our veterans. Thousands of spectators are expected to line the streets of downtown Chatham for this year’s Independence Day Parade on Thursday, the Fourth of July.

It’s hard to believe that the parade is a little over five months away. By announcing the theme now, we hope prospective entrants will have plenty of time to design their entries.

Prize categories for float entries will be announced by the end of February and the entry form will be available in early March. Go to the committee’s webpage, chathamparade.com, to download the form. 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.

Aside from Veteran’s Day, we can’t think of a finer day to honor our veterans than on the day our country celebrates our Independence, July 4th. We look forward to yet another year of clever, imaginative, and all-around fun floats.

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 CapeCod.com 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 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