Category Archives: Chatham Fourth of July News

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
 
USCG Auxiliary Flotilla
 
Chatham Fire Department
 
Chatham Town Flag
 
Chatham Selectmen
  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
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
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 Canon Hill
38
The Clifford Family
39
New England Vacation Rentals
40
Chatham Athletic Association
41
Steve Morgan and the Kingfish
42 Timothy Davis
43 RJ’s Beauty
44
Freedom Cruise Line
45
46
All Points beautiful
47 Southern Tide
48 ChefDazzer
49
The Magner Family
50
The Cape Cod Fiddlers
51
The Fisher Family
52
Ports and Company
53 Jessica Zinger
54
Ken Owens Memorial Soccer Jamboree
55
Friends of Monomoy
56
Paul Jenkins and Sons, Inc
57 MAHI GOLD
58
John Cassaboon/Al Boragine
59 John Kelley
60
The Chatham Squire
61
Captain Santa & friends
62
First Night Chatham
63
Chatham Bars Inn
64
United States Power Squadrons – Cape Cod
65
Cape Cod Beach Chair Company
66
Regional Consulting Company
67
Highland Light Scottish Pipe Band
68
Edwin K Whittaker
69
Del Mar Vacations
70
Oasis Salon and Day Spa
71
Baker-Polito Campaign
72
Chatham Window Washing
73
The Placeholders
74
Clifford Excavation
75
Stage Harbor Yacht Club
76 Gerald Milden
77
First Crush Winery
78
Dreamers Dixieland
79
Outermost Harbor Marine
80
Hydrangea Walk
81
monomoy community services
82
sweet tomatoes pizza
83
Chatham Republican Town Committee
84
Oyster River Boatyard
85
The Chatham Fiddle Company
86
Chatham Democratic Town Comittee
87
On The Water Magazine/Everglades Boats
88 Bayberry Lane
89 Chillers
90
Chatham Yacht Club
91
Redemption Rock Church of Cape Cod
92 Les Clemons
93 Cape Shark Co.
94

95

Lily Pulitzer

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.