2020 parade applications are now open

Ready to submit an entry for a float in the 2020 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 2020 parade

2020 Theme

“Chatham Celebrates Women!

In Honor of the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Right to Vote



The Chatham Police Department has issued rules to ensure the safety of all parade entrants and spectators. Not following these rules could jeopardize your participation this year and in future parades.  


No float apparatus or act can exceed 14 feet in height from street level nor exceed 8 feet in width.


All entries and displays must be free from images reflecting cruelty, denigration or abuse of persons or groups because of race, creed, gender or economic status.


Emergency vehicles must be given the 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 Staff. 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 to provide the best experience for the spectators and other entrants.


Drinking alcoholic beverages is prohibited while in line before the start and during the parade.
Throwing anything to the crowd, including candy, is strictly prohibited. It creates a potentially dangerous situation with implications for safety or injury, especially for children.  Handouts are permitted but not abiding by this rule is grounds to be refused entry in future parades.

Parade Logistics

Entrants’ position number in the parade will be listed on the Independence Day Parade Committee website: ChathamParade.com in June and appear in an upcoming issue of the Cape Cod Chronicle. (Entry registration dates do not factor into planning the parade order.)
All entrants must be checked in and in parade position at their corresponding 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 #65check in between 7:30am – 8:00am
Entries #66 and upcheck 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 27 – 9:00am – 1:00pm  
Wednesday, JULY 1 – 2:00pm – 7:00pm  
Thursday, JULY 2 – 9:00am – 11:00am
Entrants who are not able to check in during the above times must check in on the morning of July 4th prior to positioning on Shore Road with a Parade Staff stationed at the Chatham Town Fish Pier.


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 entrants wishing to park at Monomoy Regional Middle School on Crowell Road, a shuttle bus will take you to Shore Road. The shuttle will run starting at 6:30am. It will then be waiting at the end of the parade route to drive participants back to Monomoy Regional Middle School.

Parade Judging

To qualify for an award, the Entry must be consistent with the parade theme.


All awards are determined solely at the discretion of the Judges.


Entries are viewed by Judges at the reviewing stand 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

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

Click Here to Register your Entry for the Parade!

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