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.