Cape Cod fireworks displays are some of the finest you'll see anywhere. When it comes to blasting off the biggest, showiest fireworks, our Cape Cod towns really go all out!
The most (and best!) displays take place during 4th of July week. That's when we celebrate America's Independence Day with parades down Main Street, barbecues and band concerts on the town square, and phenomenal fireworks shows from one end of Cape Cod to the other.
But that's not all ...
The big boomers are set off during special fairs and festivals at other times of year, too.
And, we close out the old and ring in the New Year at "First Night" in Chatham with yet another big fireworks show.
If you're lucky enough to be on Cape Cod at fireworks time, you're in for a special treat!
Date: July 1, 2016
Place: Mashpee High School
Insider's Tip: The festivities begin at 5 p.m. with a whole evening of food, rides, games, music, and lots more.
Date: July 4, 2016
Place: Falmouth Heights Beach
Insider's Tip: Do you have a portable radio? Be sure to bring it with you, and tune to PIXY 103 (102.9 FM) to hear the music that accompanies the fireworks.
Date: July 4, 2016 (rain date September 3, 2016)
Place: Lewis Bay
Insider's Tip: The best viewing spots are the beaches around Hyannis Harbor and on the West Yarmouth beaches along Lewis Bay. Pack a picnic basket for dinner and stake out your spot in late afternoon. Or have a bite to eat at a nearby restaurant, then walk to the beach for the fireworks show. (Don't forget your cover-up clothes. It gets chilly on the beach after sunset, even in July!)
Date: July 2, 2016 (rain date July 3rd)
Place: Rock Harbor
Insider's Tip: You can also see the Rock Harbor fireworks display from Cape Cod Bay beaches in Brewster and Eastham. They'll be off at a distance, but still fun to see.
Date: July 4, 2016
Place: Provincetown Harbor
Insider's Tip: For a very special experience - watch the fireworks from onboard a ship in the Harbor. On July 4th, Dolphin Fleet offers whale watch plus fireworks cruises at 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m., as well as a fireworks-only cruise at 8 p.m. These cruises are very popular, so reserve your spot early. (Dolphin Fleet: 1-800-826-9300)
** Update: No fireworks display in 2016 due to lack of funding
Place: Onset Beach & Bay
Insider's Tip: The village of Onset is on the "mainland" side of the Cape Cod Canal, just over the bridge. It's an absolutely gorgeous little village, and well worth a visit!
The 4th of July holiday week may have the biggest and the best fireworks displays.
But there are others during the year that are pretty darn good, too.
Yarmouth Summer Celebration
Date: June 24, 2016
Place: Can be seen from south-side beaches in Yarmouth
Insider's Tip: Other events during the Celebration include sand sculpting contests, a Full Moon Fishing Clinic and Derby, kite-flying fun at the beach, and a big beach barbeque.
See the Yarmouth Summer Celebration website (yarmouthsummercelebration.com) for details.
Sandwich Town Fair
Date: July 8, 2016
Time: Dusk or after
Place: On the grounds of Sandwich High School
Insider's Tip: The annual Sandwich Town Fair reminds me so much of days gone by, when we'd ride the ferris wheel with our best pal (or sweetheart!) and stuff our faces with cotton candy until our lips and fingers turned a strange shade of blue. ;-)
Get out and enjoy the fair, or watch the fireworks from any nearby vantage point!
See the Fair schedule, admission and parking info at sandwichtownfair.org
Dennis SummerFest Celebration
** Update: Sorry, no fireworks display for SummerFest 2016
Place: West Dennis Beach
Insider's Tip: This weekend the town of Dennis brings on the fun with an array of family oriented events all over town. Saturday evening's festivities at West Dennis Beach include bonfires, live music, and the big fireworks show.
For more information, visit the Dennis Chamber of Commerce website at dennischamber.com
Yarmouth Seaside Festival
Date: October 9, 2016 UPDATE: Postponed to Monday Oct. 10 at 8 p.m.
Time: 8 p.m.
Place: Seagull Beach, South Yarmouth
Insider's Tip: The Seaside Festival is the "last hurrah" of the season in the town of Yarmouth. This popular annual Columbus Day weekend event features all sorts of activities including a road race, a huge crafts fair, canoe and kayak races, beach activities, a bonfire, a parade ... and the big fireworks display over Seagull Beach.
For more information, visit the Festival's website at yarmouthseasidefestival.com
Party hats, confetti, and noisemakers are a distant memory. Hangovers have subsided. ;-) Does that mean the New Year 2016 celebrations are over? No way!!
Provincetown keeps the festivities going throughout the weekend ... complete with an early-evening fireworks display on Saturday.
Date: January 2, 2016 (2017 date TBA)
Time: Around 5 p.m.
Place: MacMillan Pier
Insider's Tip: Provincetown First Light celebration begins on Wednesday, December 30th. There's a lot happening in town this weekend. Go early, stay all weekend, party safely, and enjoy!
Ring in the New Year with the first big Cape Cod fireworks displays of 2017 at Chatham's First Night celebration!
Date: December 31st
Place: Oyster Pond
Insider's Tip: As a special treat for the young 'uns (and any of us who can't manage to stay awake until midnight ;-) there's an early "low level" fireworks show at 6:30 p.m. Watch the early-evening display from the parking lots and fields at the Chatham Community Center.
For more about First Night, visit firstnightchatham.com
The town of Sandwich celebrates the New Year in spectacular style! First Night Sandwich is a family-oriented evening filled with indoor and outdoor festivities, ending with a wonderful parade and fireworks display.
Date: December 31
Time: 8 p.m.
Place: Sandwich Village
For more information visit firstnightsandwich.com
Important Note: The date, time, place, admission charges, etc. of the events on this page may be changed by the event sponsor at any time, without my knowledge. Please be sure to confirm all information directly with the sponsor before you make any plans!