Get ready to get patriotic, Cape Cod

Awesome weather today and tomorrow for all the festivities on the 4th
The 2012 Hyannis fireworks display as seen from Aselton Park on Ocean Street in Hyannis. Photo by Maggie Kulbokas.

UPDATE: Gray skies have been banished and replaced by beautiful skies of blue. See the list of patriotic happenings for the 4th--plus a few beyond.

It is hard to trample the American spirit--even if you are Mother Nature.  Although blue skies have taken the backseat to overcast and muggy weather, most Independence Day events this week will be held as originally scheduled.

Two big events have been canceled/postponed--the 4th of July fireworks in Orleans (originally scheduled for July 1, rescheduled for July 2, then postponed until a later date) and the Mashpee Family Picnic and Fireworks (postponed from July 1 to July 9).

Most other event across the Cape will be going on as planned, so grab the kids and all the red, white and blue you can find and help celebrate the birthday of our great nation!

Here's an overview of events, see the calendar for more information, locations and maps:

Thursday, July 4


  • Barnstable-West Barnstable 4th of July Parade, 9am, Route 6A, Barnstable Village
  • Hyannisport 4th of July Road Race, 9am, Hyannisport
  • Centerville 4th of July Parade, 10am, Main Street, Centerville
  • Cotuit 4th of July Parade, 11am, Main Street, Cotuit
  • Hyannisport 4th of July Parade, 11am, Hyannisport
  • Hyannis 4th of July Boat Parade, 1:15 pm, Hyannis Harbor, Ocean Street, Hyannis
  • Barnstable 4th of July Parade, 4pm, Main Street, Hyannis
  • Barnstable 4th of July Fireworks, Hyannis Harbor, Hyannis


  • Bourne 4th of July Parade, 10am, Main Street, Buzzards Bay


  • Chatham Independence Day Parade, 9:30am, Main Street, Chatham


  • Falmouth 4th of July Bike and Carriage Parade, 10am, Main Street, Falmouth
  • Falmouth 4th of July Fireworks, dusk, Falmouth Heights Beach, Falmouth


  • Orleans 4th of July Parade, 10am, Main Street, Orleans


  • Provincetown 4th of July Parade, 11am, Commercial Street, Provincetown
  • Provincetown 4th of July Fireworks, dusk, Provincetown Harbor, Provincetown


  • Sandwich 4th of July Parade, 10am, Water Street, Sandwich
  • Sandwich 4th of July Boat Parade, 9pm, Shawme Pond, Sandwich


  • Wellfleet Independence Day Parade, 9am antique cars, 10am floats, Main Street, Wellfleet

Saturday, July 6


  • Onset-Wareham Fireworks, dusk, Onset Beach, Onset

Tuesday, July 9


  • Mashpee Family Picnic and Fireworks, 5pm, Mashpee High School, Mashpee

* Falmouth police will put a parking ban in place at 5pm on Thursday night on Grand Ave. The parking ban will be in effect from the area of Walden Ave., to the British Beer Company. Parking in all metered spaces in that area will not be allowed, according to a release from Falmouth police. All cars parked in this "tow zone" area will be towed.

To alleviate the traffic congestion expected following the Falmouth fireworks display, Falmouth police will implement a traffic plan for the areas of Maravista Ave., Worcester Court, Teaticket Highway and Falmouth Heights Road. Officers will be on site to direct traffic. Normal traffic patterns will be affected for a short period of time following the fireworks display. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on