Pre-Event Timeline from the Chatham Police Department
7/4/23 2:30 AM Parking restrictions go into effect. – No Parking – Tow zone – Main St from the Rotary to Shore Rd. on the south side – No Parking – Tow zone – Main St from the Rotary Seaview St. on the north side – No Parking – Tow zone – Main St. from Tale of the Cod to Shore Rd. – No Parking – Tow zone – Crowell Rd to Tip Cart – No Parking – Tow zone – Hitching Post, Tip Cart, Depot Rd. – After 2:30 am, chairs etc. can be placed on Main St. in the downtown area in the marked streetside parking areas. Anything placed prior to 2:30 am will be removed. The Town is not responsible for anything left on Main St.
7/4/23 7:00 AM Shore Rd. closed, only parade and local traffic allowed. – Shore Rd. will be made one-way going south at 7:00 AM to allow for parade participants to line up and prepare. Officers will be in place to assist.
7/4/23 8:00 AM Main St. (downtown) from the Rotary to Shore Rd. will be closed to vehicle traffic.
7/4/23 9:00 AM Main St. from the Rotary to Crowell Rd. closes to all traffic 7/4/23 9:30 AM Parade starts
We are proud to announce some of the esteemed participants in the 2023 Chatham July 4th Parade:
The Grand Marshal for the 2023 parade will be John Whelan.
This year’s Grand Marshal truly represents “Historic Chatham”. He has been a resident of Chatham for over 70 years and is described as one of the “keepers of the flame” as he is always willing to recount stories of Chatham both orally and through his columns in the Cape Cod Chronicle. John is the author of the book “I am Chatham” which is about the people who have contributed to the rich history of Chatham. He has also served on Chatham’s Finance Committee. John will be driven in his own Audi Convertible by his brother.
The Judges for the 2023 parade will be:
Peter Cocolis – Peter has been a member of the Planning Board in Chatham serving as its Chair for many years. Peter also served on the Select Board for four years, serving as its chair. He has been the town’s representative to the Cape Light Compact. He has also been an active contributor to First Night and the Holy Redeemer Church.
Lorraine Cocolis – Lorraine has been a chair of the Chatham Women’s Club. Lorraine has also served on the Parish Council at the Holy Redeemer Church and has been an active contributor to First Night. We felt it was very important to honor the Cocolises contributions to our town before they head out to Virginia
By now the tradition of having the Chatham High School and now Monomoy High School Valedictorian serve as a judge is well established. Christie Beckley – This year’s valedictorian is Christie Beckley. Christie is a resident of Chatham. She will attend Harvard in the follow to study Biology!
NATIONAL ANTHEM SINGER
This year’s National Anthem will be sung by Haley Labdon. Haley has performed at Radio City Music Hall before as well as
participating in the chorus at Nauset Regional High School. Haley will start her senior year at Nauset in the fall.
The Order for the 2023 Independence Day Parade has been Set!
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Chatham Police Department
Chatham Veterans' Auxiliary
USCG Station Chatham
US Coast Guard Auxiliary, Cape Cod Flotilla 11-1
Chatham Fire Department (w/ others)
Chatham Town Flag
Chatham Select Board
Chatham Town Band
1 Phillips Farm Family 2 Bob may 3 Thomas Kalil 4 Roger Miller Family 5 Jean Bongiovanni 6 Hoyda Family 7 Kelley family 8 Sandy and Eileen Leith 9 The Mancini Family 10 Rico Salvi, 280 Main Street, Chatham 11 John C. Domos 12 Joseph C. Smith Jr. 13 Andrew J. Kennedy 14 Robert Carleton 15 Joshua Ellis 16 The Fisher Family 17 The Moeder Family 18 Cliff Stalker 19 Andy Hurley 20 Charlie Wallace 21 Elizabeth Michaud 22 Jody Middleton 23 Highland Light Scottish Pipe Band 24 Chatham Historical Society 25 Chatham Athletic Association – Chatham Anglers 26 Wicked wavy swim school 27 Boot Camp Chatham 28 Chatham Garden Club 29 CAPE COD BEACH CHAIR CO 30 Liam Live! 31 Stage Harbor Sailing School 32 RJ’s Beauty 33 DY Marching Band 34 The Beach Fire Shop 35 First Night Chatham 36 FitzGerald Family 37 Summer Sitters 38 Chatham Orpheum Theater 39 Coastal Cape Youth Baseball 40 Rotary Club of Chatham 41 Southern Tide 42 Myoli 43 Yarmouth Minute Men 44 South Chatham Village Association 45 Outermost Harbor Marine 46 Kelleher Family 47 The Magner Family 48 Dogs In The Office 49 MONOMOY YACHT CLUB 50 7 Sisters Florals 51 The Caep 52 Sudbury Bees 53 Squire Mobile 54 The Chatham Squire 55 Chatham Yacht Club 56 Chatham Bars Inn 57 Ken Owens Memorial Soccer Jamboree 58 ExitMerch 59 Chatham Cheese Shop 60 Witches On the Water, Inc. 61 Cape Cod’r Craft Cocktails 62 The Black Dog 63 Cape Shark 64 CC Tree and Landscaping 65 Cape Smile 66 Chatham Airport 67 Barrows Waste 68 Chatham Democratic Town Comittee 69 Moments Events Decor 70 America’s Boating Club 71 Chatham Hood Bikes 72 Chatham Thread Works 73 MAHI GOLD That’s All Folks!
2023 Theme – “Timeless Chatham: Then, Now & Beyond”
ESSENTIAL INFORMATION FOR ENTRANTS – PLEASE READ THOROUGHLY
Requirements for Entry: Submit your registration no later than June 15, 2023 by completing the online application form. The link to the form is at the bottom of this page- please read all of the important entrant information!
All Entries will be reviewed by the Independence Day Parade Committee; if an entry does not meet all requirements, participation will be denied. Everything must be filled out completely for the application to be accepted. Please email any questions to [email protected].
Applications received after the June 15, 2023 deadline may NOT BE ACCEPTED.
Rules for Participation (developed in conjunction with the Chatham Police Department):
Throwing anything to the crowd, including candy and flyers, is strictly prohibited. This creates a potentially dangerous situation with implications for health, safety and injury.
No float apparatus or act can exceed 14 feet in height from street level and width must not exceed 8 feet.
All Entries 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 the right of way at all times.
Participants must remain grouped within parade boundaries or as directed by the 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 spectators and other entrants.
Drinking alcoholic beverages is prohibited while in line before the start of and during the parade.
The Parade Committee would like to recommend that entries not use helium balloons. Balloons pose a serious threat to wildlife if they are released. Whales, turtles, seabirds and other animals have all been killed by mistaking balloons for food and swallowing them. Let’s keep Chatham healthy!
These rules are for the safety of everyone. Not following them will jeopardize your participation in future parades.
Logistics of Parade:
Entrants’ position number in the parade will be assigned and listed on the Independence Day Parade Committee website in June and in a June issue of the Cape Cod Chronicle. (Entry registration dates do not factor into planning the parade order.)
Prior to parade day, entrants are strongly 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:
Friday June 30 from 3-7pm
Saturday July 1 from 10am-2pm
Entrants who are not able to check in during the above times must check in prior to positioning on Shore Road with a Parade Monitor stationed at the Chatham Town Fish Pier by 8:30am on the morning of July 4th.
All entrants must be checked in and in parade position at your numbered staging area on Shore Road no later than the times designated below:
Entry #1 through #25 check in between 7:00am – 7:30am
Entry #26 through #50 check in between 7:30am – 8:00am
Entries #51 and up check 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.
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 the Monomoy Regional Middle School, a shuttle bus will take you to Shore Road. This shuttle will run starting at 6:30am. The shuttle will run from the end of the parade back to the Monomoy Regional Middle School.
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 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.
Parade Award Categories:
1st Place – Overall Best Entry will be recognized by an engraved brass plaque on the Chatham Parade Trophy displayed at Town Hall.
2nd Place Entry
3rd Place Entry
Best Youth Entry (participants under 18 years old)
Most Patriotic Entry
Best Family Entry
Best Civic Entry
Best Business Entry (new this year)
When planning your entry, please keep in mind that the theme must be incorporated in a way the judges can see and understand in order to be eligible for prizes!
All of the category award winners will receive a custom-designed engraved plaque which will be presented at an awards ceremony during a Select Board meeting later in July.
The July 4 th Parade Committee has announced the prize categories for this year’s float entries.
The categories are as follows:
Overall 1st Place
Overall 2nd Place
Overall 3rd Place
Best Family Entry
Best Youth Entry
Most Patriotic Entry
Best Civic Entry
Best Business Entry (New this year)
Parade Participant Entries will open on May 15 and the deadline will be June 15. Grand Marshall Nominations will open on May 1 with a deadline of June 1. We cannot wait to see the creative, fun, and “timeless” entries you dream up!
The Chatham Independence Day Parade Committee is pleased to announce the theme for 2023:
“Timeless Chatham: Then, Now & Beyond“
The idea for this year’s theme was submitted by Norm Hodge, who wrote:
The Chatham Historical Society is turning 100 this year and our Centennial Committee is working towards Bringing History to Life as well as telling our stories along with educating people about the Atwood Museum, our memories, collections and the history of our special town.
Parade participants will use the theme for inspiration to design their entries. Entries cannot be judged for prizes if they do not incorporate the theme in their entry! 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 March and the entry form will be available in Mid-May. 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 three 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.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2022 parade! Your creativity and enthusiasm make this parade what it is!
Here are the 2022 award winners selected by the judges:
Overall 1st Place – Phillips Farm Family Overall 2nd Place – Monomoy Yacht Club Overall 3rd Place – Chatham Bars Inn
Best Family Entry – The Fitzgerald Family Best Youth Entry – EXITMERCH Most Patriotic – Kenny Owens Memorial Cup Best Civic Entry – Rotary Club of Chatham Most Funny Entry – Depot Dogs Best Use of Technology – Cape Cod Power Squadron Most Environmentally Friendly – Stage Harbor Yacht Club
The awards will be presented at the July 12th Select Board meeting.
We are proud to announce some of the esteemed participants in the 2022 Chatham July 4th Parade:
The Grand Marshal for the 2022 parade will be Tommy Doane.
This year’s Grand Marshal truly embodies the spirit of a “Salty Chathamite”. Tommy has deep family roots in Chatham and does many things for the town such as serving on the Finance Committee. He is a friend and supporter to everyone. He has a deep history and love for Chatham. It is said about Tommy that he always lends a hand but never takes any credit or glory!
Tommy will be driven in the parade along with his wife by his neighbor in his own Jeep!
The Judges for the 2022 parade will be:
Ginny Nickerson – Ginny will be returning as our “Lead Judge this year. Ginny is a 12th generation “Chathamite” and past president of the Historical Society. It was said that “If there was a Ms Chatham, Ginny would be a hands down winner of the title.”
As you all know it is tradition for the Monomoy Regional High School Valedictorian to be asked to be a judge for the parade. Well this year we had a remarkable occurrence at Monomoy. Twin sisters were named Valedictorian and Salutatorian. So we asked them both to serve as judges.
Nicole Peterson – Nicole was the valedictorian of the class of 2022 at Monomoy High School. She will be studying Neuroscience at Harvard in the fall and hopes to become a doctor.
Victoria Peterson – Victoria was the salutatorian of the class of 2022 at Monomoy High School. She will attend Cornell in the fall where she will study Business and Hotel Administration.
Both are lifelong Chatham residents.
NATIONAL ANTHEM SINGER
This year’s National Anthem will be sung by Will Mulholland. Will is a Chatham Resident and served as the Class of 2022 President at Nauset Regional High School. Will is going to attend the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in the fall.