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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 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

Local Graduating High School Senior to start Annual Chatham Independence Parade

Born and raised in Chatham, Brooke Linell will graduate this year from Nauset Regional High School. She has been in the Honors Choir and served as captain of the swim team.  She will be pursuing her studies at the University of New Hampshire this Fall.

Brooke Linell, at center, will be singing the National Anthem for the 2017 parade. Photo from taken by Sue Campbell Linnell


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

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

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.