The countdown is on!
The Chatham Independence Day Parade Committee is pleased to announce the theme for 2021:
“Chatham: From ‘Shell-tering’ by the Sea
to Celebrating a New Beginning”
This past year has been an extraordinarily difficult time for so many of us, but Chatham residents have made the best of it by “shell-tering” in place: Zooming with friends and family, doing puzzles and reading books, helping children with their virtual schooling, working from home, practicing yoga and mindfulness, baking up a storm, AND walking our beautiful beaches. BUT, as COVID begins to ebb and vaccines begin to flow, we’re excited to turn the corner and celebrate a new beginning!
While the Committee hopes to host a traditional in-person parade, it recognizes that the pandemic may require us to offer a virtual event again this year. The Select Board will make the live vs. virtual decision by June 1st. If a virtual event is necessary, the Committee will put together a much more elaborate offering so that people can really put their all into their entries. Either way, parade participants are asked to use the theme for inspiration for their entry design.
Prize categories for float entries will be announced by the end of March and the entry form will be available in early April.
If you are on our email list, we will email you when the form is posted. We will also post about it on our website and social media.
Nominations for Parade Grand Marshal will be accepted during the month of May and the decision will be announced in June.
We look forward to yet another year of clever, imaginative, and all-around fun floats, whether we see them virtually or on Main Street!
The countdown is on!
The Chatham Independence Day Parade Committee is pleased to announce the theme for 2020:
“Chatham Celebrates Women –
In Honor of the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Right to Vote”
The idea for this year’s theme was submitted by Juliet Bernstein, a legendary Chatham citizen who has made significant contributions to the community through her activism, volunteerism, and leadership. With a backdrop of this year’s 100th anniversary of the passage of our Constitution’s 19th Amendment guaranteeing and protecting women’s right to vote, it’s a perfect opportunity to celebrate the contributions of women, both in Chatham and throughout our country.
Parade participants will use the theme for inspiration to design their entries. Thousands of spectators are expected to line the streets of downtown Chatham for this year’s Independence Day Parade on Saturday, the Fourth of July.
Prize categories for float entries will be announced by the end of February and the entry form will be available in early March. At that time you can go to the committee’s webpage, chathamparade.com, to register online or download the form. Nominations for Parade Grand Marshal will be accepted during the month of May and the decision will be announced in June.
It’s hard to believe that the parade is a little over five months away. By announcing the theme now, we hope prospective entrants will have plenty of time to design their entries. We look forward to yet another year of clever, imaginative, and all-around fun floats.
It has been confirmed that the parade route will again be the extended route.
Please note that Barcliff Ave will be closed at 7am. Access to Shore Road is via Main Street or Route 28.
The route map, parking and rest room locations can be found here
The parade steps off at 09:30, starting at the corner f Shore Road and Main Street.
So come early to make sure you get a good seat…..
Due to the number of people who still want to be in the parade this year we have extended the deadline for applications until June 17th.
Thank you for your nominations.
These nominations are now under consideration and there will be an announcement in the coming weeks with the name of the person selected.
You can complete your parade entry submission online here at http://chathamparade.com/chatham-july-4th-parade-entry-submission/. If your submission is done correctly web site will display a confirmation message and you will get an email from firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOTE: SUBMISSIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY JUNE 3RD 2016!!!!
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 26th , and will be listed on the Independence Day Parade Committee website and appear in the June 30th issue of the Chronicle.
On July 1st and 2nd, entrants may pre-register and pick up their position number flags at the Chatham Police Department at 249 George Ryder Road.
Pre Check In JULY 1 – 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Pre Check In JULY 2 – 9:00am – 1:00pm
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).
• Overall Best – 1st Place
• Overall Best – 2nd Place
• Overall Best – 3rd Place
• Most Patriotic
• Best Small Float (under 20 feet)
• Best Large Float (over 20 feet)
• 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.