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2018 parade applications are now open

Ready to submit an entry for a float in the 2018 Chatham Independence Day Parade? Then visit our entry submissions page at 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 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 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 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 2017 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 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
7 Monomoy Theatre
8 Oyster River Boatyard
9 The Celtic Roots
10 Paws and Claws
11 Monomoy Yacht Club
12 Pleasant Bay Community Boating
13 Dreamers Dixieland
14 Don Edge
15 Joseph Barrella 
16 Juliet Bernstein
17 Fisherman’s Daughter 
18 Chatham Design Center
19 Barkers of Orleans
20 Outermost Harbor Marine
21 Hydrangea Walk
22 The Chatham Fiddle Company
23 United States Power Squadrons – Cape Cod
24 Chatham Pottery
25 Chatham Town Democratic Committee
26 Chillers
27 Chatham Yacht Club
28 Chris Ruediger Duo
30 Old Colony Highlanders Pipe Band
31 john kelley
32 John Cassaboon
33 Les Clemons
34 Jack Wills
35 Benjamin T. Nickerson Inc.
36 pogodave
37 Yarmouth Minutemen
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
50 John Mancini
51 John Schnyer
52 John C. Domos
53 Phillips Farm Family
54 Summer Sitters
55 Codcomm Media Group/
56 The FitzGerald Family
57 Chatham Drama Guild
58 Bosnyak Family
59 Chatham Community Playground
60 Thomas E. Geagan
61 Ed Budd
62 Hal Knapp
63 Chandler Travis Philharmonic Trombone Shout Band
64 Chatham Orpheum Theater
65 Sacred Surf School
66 The Clifford Family
67 The Placeholders
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
75 Carey Enterprises
76 Chatham Athletic Association, Inc.
77 Steve Morgan and the Kingfish
79 All Points Beautiful
80 Magner Family
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
99 Chatham Squire
100 Santa’s back in town
101 First Night Chatham

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

2015 Independence Day Parade Award Winners Announced

Congratulations to this year’s winners !

Award Categories          2015 Winner
Best Family Float           Magner Family
Best Youth Float            Power Squadron
Most Patriotic Float    Cape Cod Beach Chair
Best Small Float             Depot Dogs
Best Large Float             Chatham Health Club
Best Civic Float              Woman of Fishing Families
Funniest Float                 Pogo Dave

Photos of the winners can be found here