The quintessential Chatham July 4th Parade

Almost 100 floats, bands and groups in the hour and a half event
Even our Great White Sharks were in this year's parade. Photo by Pat Brooks.

The 2014 Chatham July Fourth Parade

The theme this year was "Surf, Sand and the Deep Blue Sea"

A photo essay by Pat Brooks

The Chatham July Fourth Parade is among the nation's most loved. The town's population of 6,000 almost triples from 9:30 until noon every year on this day.

The 2014 parade had almost 100 participants, including a Great White Shark and an invitation to a Hurricane Arthur Party afterwards.

The montage below begins with this year's nautical theme "Surf, Sand and the Deep Blue Sea" and winds its way along Chatham's Main Street till it ends almost an hour and a half later with the Highland Light Scottish Pipers.

The montage below  includes the floats from the Monomoy Schools, the Chatham Bars Inn's 100th Anniversary, the Chatham Anglers baseball team, our latest tourist attraction the Great White Shark and the Chatham Squire's Hurricane Arthur Party float.

Next came several bands including this Jug Band, a Old Salt in yellow slickers, an ancient Chatham Fire Truck and ended with the Highland Light Pipers.

On the right, as always, the parade began with the Chatham Police Department, Chatham Veterans and Veterans Auxiliary, the Chatham Band, the Grand Marshall followed by the Town of Chatham Flag bearers, the Selectmen, the Chatham Fire Department and the Coast Guard Auxiliary, and Flotilla. See the complete list here. 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