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 with more big fireworks shows.
If you're lucky enough to be on Cape Cod at fireworks time, you're in for a special treat!
Date: July 1, 2017 (rain date July 8th)
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!
Date: June 30, 2017 (Rain date July 1st)
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 2, 2017 (rain date July 6th)
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, 2017
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, 2017 (rain date September 2, 2017)
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 4, 2017
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 as well as a fireworks-only cruise. These cruises are very popular, so reserve your spot early. (Dolphin Fleet: 1-800-826-9300)
Sandwich Town Fair
Date: July 14, 2017
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
Date: August 26, 2017
Place: West Dennis Beach, West Dennis
Insider's Tip: This family friendly evening at West Dennis Beach begins at 7 p.m. with a beach bonfire and live music, followed by the big fireworks display at 9 p.m. Although parking is plentiful along this beautiful expanse of Nantucket Sound shoreline, get there early to secure your spot and enjoy all the festivities!
Yarmouth Seaside Festival
Date: October 8, 2017
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
Even on the warmest July evening, the sand is damp and gnats come out at dusk.
To keep your "ooohs and aaahs" from turning to "ouches and icks", here are two things we always bring along for seaside fireworks viewing.
Easy-Carry Beach Blanket
When it's time to plunk down on the beach to watch the fireworks show, this pretty, waterproof blanket makes a comfy place to stretch out while keeping damp sand granules from invading your shorts. ;-)
At the end of the evening, just shake the blanket off and fold it up. No fuss, no muss - and it's light enough so the kids can carry it for you!
Why is it that the best fireworks weather (a warm summer evening with no wind) just happens to be the buggiest weather, too? Bummer!
For years, I relied on a popular skin softener to keep me bite-free. Then a fishing buddy turned me on to Repel, and I became a convert.
A quick once-over with this stuff repels all sorts of bugs for hours. The wipes are especially handy. Just stick 'em in your pocket and go!
Ring in the New Year with the first big Cape Cod fireworks displays of 2018 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 following the 6 p.m. Noise Parade to Veterans Field.
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. finale parade and fireworks
Place: Sandwich Village
For more information visit firstnightsandwich.com
Party hats, confetti, and noisemakers are a distant memory. Hangovers have subsided. ;-) Does that mean the New Year celebrations are over? No way!!
Provincetown keeps the festivities going throughout the weekend ... complete with an early-evening fireworks display on January 1st.
Date: January 1, 2018
Time: Around 5 p.m.
Place: MacMillan Pier
Insider's Tip: Provincetown First Light celebration begins on December 28th. There's a lot happening in town this weekend. Go early, stay all weekend, party safely, and enjoy!
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!