ESSENTIAL INFORMATION FOR ENTRANTS – PLEASE READ THOROUGHLY
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:
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
Most Environmentally Conscious Entry
Best Use of Technology
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.
Name of Organization or Individual
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 John Cassaboon 3 Roger Miller owner 4 Jean Bongiovanni 5 Ted Whittaker & Friends 6 Donald Baker 7 Nick Genoese 8 Bob McAuliffe 9 Model A club of cape cod 10 Cliff Stalker Name of Organization or Individual 11 Walter Blackett 12 Charlene and Robert Guigli 13 Andy Hurley 14 Robert Carleton 15 7 Sisters Florals 16 Highland Light Scottish Pipe Band 17 Redemption Rock Church 18 Wicked Wavy Swim School 19 Rotary Club of Chatham 20 Boot Camp Chatham 21 Wellfleet veterinary hospital 22 Magner Family 23 Cape Cod Fiddlers 24 Chatham Athletic Association (Chatham Anglers) 25 Goodies 26 Tucker MacDonald / Tide Guide App 27 Chatham Hood Bikes 28 Cape Cod Beach Chair Co. 29 Chatham Boy Scouts Troop 71 30 Lilly Pulitzer 31 Monomoy Yacht Club 32 Chandler Travis Philharmonic 33 Puzio Eyecare Associates 34 Slightly Tooned 35 The Black Dog 36 Depot Dogs 37 The FitzGerald Family 38 Chatham Squire 39 Squire Mobile 40 Joy Street Kids 41 Cape Shark 42 DY Marching Band 43 Witches On the Water, Inc. 44 The Fisher Family 45 EXITMERCH 46 Ken Owens Memorial Soccer Jamboree 47 Dance Therapy 508 48 First Night Chatham 49 Chatham Yacht Club 50 Coxswain Media, LLC. 51 Protect Our Past 52 Southern Tide Chatham 53 Chatham Bars Inn 54 Mason Axford Name of Organization or Individual 55 Cape Cod Power Squadron (America’s Boating Club Cape Cod) 56 Chatham Conservation Foundation and Americorps Cape Cod 57 The Chatham Fiddle Company 58 Summer Sitters 59 Chatham Pottery 60 Cape Cod Cousins 61 Steve Morgan and the Kingfish 62 Chatham Republican Town Committee 63 Committee to Elect Melissa Alden 64 Oyster River Boatyard 65 The Beach Fire Shop 66 The Place Holders 67 Chatham Democratic Town Committee 68 Stage Harbor Yacht Club 69 MAHI GOLD 70 Lauzon Committee for State Senate 71 Cape Cod’r 72 Yarmouth Minutemen That’s All Folks
The July 4 th Parade Committee has announced the prize categories for this year’s float entries. While the Select Board will make a decision June 1 st on whether the parade will be in-person or virtual, the Committee still plans on awarding prizes for entries inspired by this year’s parade theme: “Chatham: From ‘Shell-tering” by the Sea to Celebrating a New Beginning”.
The categories are as follows:
Best Overall Entry
Best Youth Entry
Best Patriotic Entry
Best Civic Entry
Best Funny Entry
Best Family Entry
Best Use of Technology
Most Environmentally Friendly
Parade entry forms and nominations for Parade Grand Marshal will be available in early May. Whether in-person or virtual, the Committee looks forward to another year of clever and imaginative floats and all-around fun, in the same spirit that Chatham has always celebrated the Fourth of July!
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!
COVID-19 has disrupted many aspects of our daily life and forced the cancellation of cherished annual events, including Chatham’s July 4th Parade. Since the “traditional” parade brings joy and excitement every year to thousands of residents and visitors, the Parade Committee would like to host a “virtual” parade in its place! In order to accomplish this, we need your help!!
Individuals, families, local businesses and organizations, previous float registrants, band participants (anyone!) are asked to submit fun pictures or short videos (up to 30 seconds) incorporating one of the following:
This year’s selected parade theme: “Chatham Celebrates Women – In Honor of the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Right to Vote”
Honoring First Responders and Health Care Workers who have been putting their lives on their line during the COVID-19 pandemic
Honoring teachers who have been working harder than ever to keep students learning and engaged
Dress up in costumes, make signs, dance, play music, and/or happily shout your delight for participating in this year’s (virtual) July 4th Parade!!
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.