First Night Chatham road closures in effect Thursday

Sections of Main Street, other roads to be closed throughout the day

As Chatham gears up for its 25th First Night celebration, Chatham police have released road closures and traffic restrictions for the annual event. Certain events and activities will require specific closures.

From 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. traffic is expected to be heavy at the Chatham Lighthouse parking lot as the town photograph is taken. Traffic will be detoured as needed.

The Carnival Caper Road Race will be from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. During that time, Main Street from Cross Street to Shore Road will be closed. There will also be temporary closures and detours along the race route at School Street, Silverleaf Ave., Bridge Street and Lower Main Street.

At 5:30 p.m., the Noise Parade and Early Fireworks will begin. Main Street will be closed between Cross Street and Adams Lane. Roads will reopen once all participants are off the road. Temporary closings may also occur following Early Fireworks. Depot Road will also be closed during the fireworks over Veteran's Field.

Midnight Fireworks will be between 11:15 p.m. and 12:00 a.m. During that time, Stage Harbor Road (from the rotary to Cross Street), Queen Anne Road, Pond Street and Oyster Pond Furlong will be closed. 

Officers will be present to direct detours and closures and assist motorists. 

For a complete list of First Night Chatham events, visit the website here.

Two other New Year's celebrations will be held on Cape Cod, The 4th annual First Night Sandwich will be held between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. on New Year's Eve. New this year, Provincetown will be celebrating with First Light Provincetown. That event features fun activities, a New Year's Day Brunch on Friday and Drag Bingo (2pm-4pm) and Fireworks over MacMillan Pier (5pm-6pm) on Sunday. 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