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!
Cape Cod Canal Centennial Fireworks
The most (and best) displays are during 4th of July week, 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, 2014 (rain date July 2)
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, 2014 * Re-scheduled for July 6th.
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, 2014 * Re-scheduled to August 30, 2014. (Rain date August 31st.)
Place: Lewis Bay
Insider's Tip: The best viewing spots are the beaches around Hyannis Harbor. Pack a picnic basket for dinner and stake out your spot in late afternoon. Or have a bite to eat at a restaurant on Main Street or by the Harbor, then walk to the beach for the fireworks. (Don't forget your cover-up clothes. It gets chilly on the beach after sunset, even in July.)
Date: July 5, 2014 (rain date July 6)
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, 2014 * Re-scheduled to July 5th
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)
Date: July 5, 2014 (rain date July 6)
Place: Onset Beach & Bay
Insider's Tip: The town of Onset is on the "mainland" side of the Cape Cod Canal, just over the bridge. It's an absolutely gorgeous little town, 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 27, 2014
Place: Dennis-Yarmouth High School
Insider's Tip: This year's Yarmouth Summer Celebration runs from June 21st through June 28th. Other events during the Celebration include sand sculpting contests, a kids' fishing derby, the Cape Cod Ice Cream Chill Off, "Kite Fun" at the beach, a youth sailing regatta, and a big beach barbeque.
See the Yarmouth Summer Celebration website (yarmouthsummercelebration.com) for details.
Sandwich Town Fair
Date: July 11, 2014 (rain date July 12)
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
Buzzards Bay (Bourne), MA
Cape Cod Canal Centennial Celebration
Date: July 29, 2014
Place: Over the Cape Cod Canal by the Railroad Bridge
Insider's Tip: This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Cape Cod Canal. This fireworks display is one of many celebratory events scheduled for the week of July 26 to August 3, 2014.
Find out about all the Centennial events at capecodcanalcentennial.com
Dennis Summerfest Celebration
Date: August 16, 2014
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 12, 2014
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
Ring in 2015 with the first big Cape Cod fireworks display of the New Year at Chatham's First Night celebration!
Date: December 31, 2014
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 details, visit firstnightchatham.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!