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Cape Cod Fireworks Displays
2019 Dates & Best Viewing Locations

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!

fireworks over the cape cod canalCape Cod Canal Centennial Fireworks

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!

Fireworks Displays: July 4th Week

Mashpee, MA

Date: July 1, 2019 (rain date July 2nd)

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! 

Orleans, MA

Date:  July 6, 2019 (rain date July 7th)

Time: Dusk

Place: Rock Harbor

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.

Sandwich, MA

Date: July 4, 2019 (tentative date)

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. 

Falmouth, MA

Date: July 4, 2019 (rain date July 5th)

Time: Dusk

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.

* Important - Be sure to check out Falmouth PD's parking and road closure info before you go, and plan accordingly!

Hyannis, MA

Date: July 4, 2019 (rain date August 31st)

Time: Dusk

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!)

Provincetown, MA

Date: July 4, 2019

Time: Dusk

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)

Onset-Wareham, MA

Date: July 6, 2019 (rain date July 7th)

Time: Dusk

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!

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Sandwich MA

Sandwich Town Fair

Date: CANCELLED for 2019. Expected to return in 2020. Stay tuned!!

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, MA

Date: August 24, 2019

Time: Dusk

Place: West Dennis Beach, West Dennis

Insider's Tip: This family friendly evening at West Dennis Beach begins at 6:45 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!

Harwich, MA

Date: September 14, 2019

Time: 8 p.m.

Place: Harwich Community Center fields, 100 Oak Street, Harwich

Insider's Tip: Come for the Harwich Cranberry Festival Weekend arts & crafts fair. Stay for the CranJam music festival. Then cap off a fun-filled day with the fireworks display!

Yarmouth, MA

Yarmouth Seaside Festival

Date: October 13, 2019   

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 info, see the Festival's website at yarmouthseasidefestival.com

What to Bring to the Fireworks Display

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!

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Bug Repellant Wipes

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 very handy to carry, too. Just stick 'em in your pocket and go!

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New Year's Fireworks Displays

Provincetown, MA

A highlight of First Light weekend is always Sunday night's fireworks display on the beach!  

Date: December 31 

Time: Around 5 p.m.

Place: Provincetown Harbor

Insider's Tip: Once the party hats, confetti, and noisemakers are a distant memory and the hangovers have subsided, does that mean the New Year celebrations are over? No way!! Provincetown starts the festivities on Friday, December 27th, and the fun keeps going right into New Year's Day with the famous "Polar Bear Plunge". Go early, stay all weekend, party safely, and enjoy! 

Visit First Light Provincetown to see the full schedule of events.

 Chatham, MA

Ring in the New Year with the first big Cape Cod fireworks displays of 2020 at Chatham's First Night celebration!

Date: December 31st

Time: Midnight

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 details visit First Night Chatham

Sandwich, MA

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

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! ;-)

For more information visit First Night Sandwich

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