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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

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/CapeCodRadio.com
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
46 170MainStreetChatham.com
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
59 MAHI GOLD
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 Chathamparade@gmail.com.

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

2016 Parade Theme – “Freedom is not Free”

The countdown is on! With a little less than 5 months to go, the Chatham Independence Day Parade Committee is proud to announce the 2016 theme for the Fourth of July Parade

“Freedom is not Free” Celebrating freedom by honoring Chatham’s independence throughout history.

After reviewing a list of varied and thoughtful suggestions, the “Freedom is not Free” theme was selected for its representation of Chatham’s culture, character and heritage. The selected theme was submitted by South Chatham summer resident, Kara Ann Smith. Kara and her family have been coming to Chatham since 1960.

Applications for parade participants will be available in early March. For up to date information, please visit the Chatham Parade page on Facebook or join the e-newsletter by sending an email to chathamparade@gmail.com.

Need ideas on how best to start building a float? Then visit our page on how to build an award winning float and jump start your creativity.