Parade order for the 2018 Independence Day parade is now set!

Chatham Police Department
Chatham Veterans
Chatham Veterans’ Auxiliary
  USCG Station Chatham
  US Coast Guard Auxiliary, Cape Cod Flotilla 11-1 (Chatham)
Chatham Fire Department
Chatham Town Flag
Chatham Selectmen
  The Chatham Band
  Grand Marshal
1 Bog Lane Farm
2 Chatham Scouts
3 Cape Cod Model A Club
4 Model Club of Cape CodF
5 Model A Club of Cape Cod
6 Cape Cod Model A Club
7 Extraordinary Arts LLC – CANCELLED
8 Jack Wills
9 Benjamin T. Nickerson, Inc
10 Yarmouth Minutemen
11 Monomoy Yacht Club
12 Centercourt
13 Boston College Club of Cape Cod
14 Chatham Municipal Airport- CCFC
15 DY Band
16 Capt. Joshua Gray-Jonathan Hatch Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution
17 Chatham Hood Bikes
18 Beach Bum Surf Co.
19 Medfield
20 Island Pursuit
21 Wild Care
22 Chatham Shellfish Compnay
23 Monomoy Regional School District
24 All Worn Out Jug Band – CANCELLED
25 John C Domos Carpentry
26 Phillips Farm Family
27 Summer Sitters
28 Codcomm/
29 The FitzGerald Family
30 Chatham Drama Guild
31 Paul Bosnyak
32 Chandler Travis Philharmonic Trombone Shout Band
33 Chatham Orpheum Theater
34 Sacrred Surf School
35 Kathleen Kelly and Jenn Gilmartin
36 Cape Cod Water Sports
37 Chatham Democratic Town Comittee
38 Canon Hill
39 The Clifford Family
40 New England Vacation Rentals
41 Chatham Athletic Association
42 Steve Morgan and the Kingfish
43 Timothy Davis
44 RJ’s Beauty
45 Freedom Cruise Line
47 All Points beautiful
48 Southern Tide
49 ChefDazzer
50 The Magner Family
51 The Cape Cod Fiddlers
52 The Fisher Family
53 Fisherman’s Daughter
54 Ports and Company
55 Jessica Zinger
56 Ken Owens Memorial Soccer Jamboree
57 Friends of Monomoy
58 Paul Jenkins and Sons, Inc
60 John Cassaboon/Al Boragine
61 John Kelley
62 The Chatham Squire
63 Captain Santa & friends
64 First Night Chatham
65 Chatham Bars Inn
66 United States Power Squadrons – Cape Cod
67 Cape Cod Beach Chair Company
68 Regional Consulting Company
69 Highland Light Scottish Pipe Band
70 FatFace
71 Del Mar Vacations
72 Oasis Salon and Day Spa
73 Baker-Polito Campaign
73*85 Chatham Republican Town Committee
74 Chatham Window Washing
75 The Placeholders
76 Clifford Excavation
77 Stage Harbor Yacht Club
79 First Crush Winery
80 Dreamers Dixieland
81 Outermost Harbor Marine
82 Hydrangea Walk
83 monomoy community services
84 sweet tomatoes pizza
86 Oyster River Boatyard
87 The Chatham Fiddle Company
88 Atlantic White Shark Conservancy/Everglades Boats
89 Bayberry Lane
90 Chillers
91 Chatham Yacht Club
92 Redemption Rock Church of Cape Cod
93 Les Clemons
94 Cape Shark Co.
95 Lilly Pulitzer
96 Chris Fitz Band

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

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

Essential entrant information for the 2016 parade

You can complete your parade entry submission online here at If your submission is done correctly web site will display a confirmation message and you will get an email from


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 30th issue of the Chronicle.

On July 1st and 2nd, entrants may pre-register and pick up their position number flags at the Chatham Police Department at 249 George Ryder Road.

Pre Check In JULY 1 – 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Pre Check In JULY 2 – 9:00am – 1:00pm

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).

Award Categories

• Overall Best – 1st Place
• Overall Best – 2nd PlaceWinnersCup
• Overall Best – 3rd Place
• Most Patriotic
• Funniest
• Best Small Float (under 20 feet)
• Best Large Float (over 20 feet)
• 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.