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!
Time: Around 8:45 p.m.
Place: Mashpee Middle/High School
Insider's Tips: The fun begin at 5 p.m. with a whole evening of food, rides, games, music, and activities for the entire family. Concerned about traffic and parking? Take a (free) shuttle ride from Old Barnstable Road to/from the festivities!
Place: Rock Harbor
More Info: Orleans 4th of July
Insider's Tip: You can also see the Rock Harbor fireworks display from nearby Skaket Beach. The Cape Cod Bay beaches in Brewster and Eastham offer views of the big boomers, too. They'll be off at a distance, but still fun to see.
Time: Around 9:30 p.m.
Place: Shawme Pond
Insider's Tip: This special fireworks display is the culmination of a full day of activities in Sandwich that include a street parade, a boat parade, a 3-mile race and picnic.
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
* Important - Be sure to check out Falmouth PD's parking and road closure info before you go, and plan accordingly!
Date: POSTPONED to September
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!)
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)
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!
Time: Dusk or after
Place: On the grounds of Sandwich High School
More Info: Sandwich Town Fair
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!
Date: August 22, 2020
Place: West Dennis Beach, West Dennis
Insider's Tip: This family friendly evening at West Dennis Beach begins at 6:00 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! (Parking opens at 5 p.m.)
Date: September 19, 2020
Time: 8 p.m.
Place: Harwich Community Center fields, 100 Oak Street, Harwich
Insider's Tip: Come for the Harwich Cranberry Arts & Music Festival Weekend arts & crafts fair. Stay for the CranJam music festival. Then cap off a fun-filled day with the fireworks display!
Date: Tentative date - October 11, 2020
Time: 8 p.m.
Place: Seagull Beach, South Yarmouth
More Info: Yarmouth Seaside Festival
Insider's Tip: Yarmouth 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.
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
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!
Bug Repellant Wipes
A quick once-over with this stuff repels all sorts of bugs for hours. The wipes are very handy to carry, too. Just stick 'em in your pocket and go!
Ring in the New Year with the first big Cape Cod fireworks displays of 2021 at Chatham's First Night celebration!
Date: December 31st
Place: Oyster Pond
More Info: First Night Chatham
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.
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: First Night events schedule TBA
Time: 8 p.m. finale parade and fireworks
Place: Sandwich Village
Insider's Tip: Bring your light sticks, flashlights and noisemakers for the Revelers Parade. This kids will love this event ... no need to use their "indoor voices" here! ;-)
A highlight of First Light weekend is always the big fireworks display on the beach!
Date: January 1, 2021
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Place: Provincetown Harbor
More Info: First Light Provincetown
Insider's Tip: Keep your party hats, confetti, and noisemakers handy for this New Years Day fireworks display! Seeing all the colors and sparkles flashing off the Harbor is a fantastic way to celebrate the arrival of 2021 ... and your survival of that crazy Polar Bear Plunge you joined earlier in the day. ;-)
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!