The following is a calendar of 4th of July events in the Town of Barnstable.  The Town’s fireworks are being shot off a barge in Lewis Bay. This year’s fireworks are sponsored by the Town of Barnstable.

Important parking information is included in this advisory.

FIREWORKS DISPLAY:  TUESDAY, July 4, 2017 (Rain date is Saturday, September 2, 2017.)

Shot off of a barge in Lewis Bay at dusk (approximate time 9:00 PM)

by Atlas Fireworks of New Hampshire.

Viewing:  The main viewing locations for this year’s fireworks will be Aselton Park, Bismore Park, and Veteran’s Park Beach.  Kalmus Beach will be available for handicapped parking only.


Fireworks Parking (Barnstable):  A Parking Ban will be in effect South of South Street (Ocean Street, Old Colony Boulevard, Gosnold Street and all streets running off of Gosnold Street) from 5:00 PM to midnight to allow for pedestrian access.  Parking will be available in the North Street parking lots and Town Hall parking lot.  Tow Zones Strictly Enforced.  Carpooling suggested.  


Tune into 95.1 WXTK for the pre-fireworks show, also the official soundtrack
 to the fireworks during the display.


Parades and Other Daytime Events:


Barnstable/West Barnstable Parade in Barnstable Village  Parade starting at 9:00 AM

Presented by the Barnstable Village Civic Association
and the West Barnstable Civic Association

The Barnstable-West Barnstable July 4th Parade and Celebration will commence at 9:00 AM at the County Complex on Railroad Avenue with an 8:30 AM gathering time; proceed down Main Street (Route 6A); left onto Mill Way and continue to the Village Hollow where it will end for various activities. 


Centerville  - Parade starting at 10:00 AM

Presented by the Bay Lane PTA at Centerville Elementary School

and Centerville Civic Association

The parade will form on the grounds of Centerville Elementary School and proceed up Bay Lane, take a right onto Bumps River Road; left onto Park Avenue; right onto Main Street; and continue to the Centerville Recreation Building where it will end.

CotuitParade starting at 11:00 AM

Presented by the Cotuit Civic Association

The parade will begin at the Cotuit Post Office, proceed down School Street to Main Street; left on Main Street to the rear entrance of the Cotuit Elementary School, where it will end.


Hyannisport  – Parade starting at 11:00 AM

Presented by the West Beach Club

The parade will begin at the Hyannisport Post Office on Longwood Avenue; left onto Washington Avenue; right onto Lafayette Avenue; left onto Winchester Avenue; left onto Scudder Avenue; and continue onto Dale Avenue to the West Beach Club, where it will end.
A Road Race starting at 9:00 AM at Hyannisport Post Office precedes the parade.


OstervilleParade starting at 11:30 AM

Presented by the Wianno Club (Junior Activity)

The parade route will begin on Washington Avenue, take a right on Webster Street; turn right onto Sea View Avenue; turn right onto Warren Street, and right onto Washington Avenue where the parade will end.


Hyannis Harbor Boat Parade starting around 2:00 PM

Hyannis Marina invites all to a July 4th boat parade.  The best viewing is along Ocean Street at Hyannis Harbor around 2:00 PM.  If you are a boater and want to participate, the boats assemble off of Hyannis Yacht Club at 2:00 PM and then head to the inner harbor to show off their red, white and blue!  Email with any questions.


HyannisParade starting at 4:00 PM

Independence Day the Barnstable Way

Presented by Town of Barnstable 4th of July Parade Committee

Hyannis Main Street – “Independence Day the Barnstable Way” is this year’s theme for the 19th Annual Hyannis 4th of July Parade, and it surely will be that, as one of Cape Cod’s largest parades will once again offer an afternoon of family-friendly entertainment on Hyannis Main Street for residents and visitors alike.

Hyannis Main Street will once again be the scene for one of Cape Cod’s biggest parades to happen all year. The Hyannis 4th of July Parade, which runs from the intersection of Ocean Street and Main Street to the intersection of Sea Street and Main Street, will start at 4:00 PM on Tuesday, July 4.

This year’s parade will be led by retired Hyannis Fire Chief Harold Brunelle as Grand Marshal. Brunelle who was raised in Hyannis, served the community for over four decades as a career fireman - from riding his bike to the firehouse as a volunteer firefighter at the age of 17 to his retirement at the end of last year.  Not only did he serve the Cape’s busiest fire department, but he is also on the Board of Trustees of the Hyannis Public Library - his love for the Fire Department is only matched by his love for the village of Hyannis. 

The parade participants, like local group People of Action and fan favorite band Jo & Co., as well as attendees are encouraged to show their American spirit following this year’s theme “Independence Day the Barnstable Way,” and to spend the afternoon enjoying the family friendly nature of Hyannis Main Street.

Meaghann Kenney, who is in her ninth year organizing the parade, is always so pleased to see the spectators enjoying themselves and the entertainment she works for six months to put together. She is also extremely proud of “the multicultural nature of the parade. In addition to the acts that represent and celebrate the birth of our nation, we also put forth acts that represent the diverse nature of America today.” This inclusive nature of Hyannis’ parade will also be on display with multicultural acts like Cape Cod African Dance and Drum and Colum Cille Pipe & Drum.

Before the parade, the Roaming Railroad will be ready to give rides to children and after the parade the Town of Barnstable Band will perform patriotic songs at the Town Bandstand on the Hyannis Village Green until 6:30 PM. Then the festivities move to Aselton Park where Funktapuss will play before the fireworks, which begin at dusk. The fireworks are visible from beaches and locations facing Nantucket Sound.

Parade Parking: Parking Ban from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM on Main Street, Old Colony Road, and South Street, Hyannis will be closed to motor vehicle traffic for the parade. Also all of Main Street; Old Colony Road and Ocean Street from South Street to Main Street will be closed to motor vehicle traffic beginning at 2:00 PM.

Greater Hyannis Civic Association sponsors the Decorate your Bike, Carriage or Wagon Contest

Date:  July 4th

Time: 3:15 PM to 4:00 PM

Place: Village Green, Hyannis

All children ages up to 12 are encouraged to participate in the Decorate Your Bike, Carriage or Wagon Contest as part of the Town of Barnstable 4th of July Parade.  Registration will be at 3pm on the Village Green by the bandstand.  All participants will receive a ribbon and a prize. The group will then join the parade for a ride down Main Street.  Bike riders must wear a helmet. Parents are also welcome to march in the parade with their children.

Coordinator of the event for the Greater Hyannis Civic Association: 

Deb Krau,, 508-778-1756


Special After Parade / Before Fireworks Concerts:

5-6:30 PM

Parade float entrants will be judged and winners will be awarded ribbons immediately after the parade on the Hyannis Village Green.  Barnstable Town Band will play a free concert on the Hyannis Village Green from 5:00 to 6:30 PM.


Funktapuss will perform down at Aselton Park (corner of South and Ocean Streets) from 7:00 pm until dusk, when the fireworks display begins at 9:00pm.  The fireworks are visible from beaches and locations facing Nantucket Sound

Last week’s question:  The Coast Guard Heritage Museum is located in what town-owned building?  Once again, we had a lot of folks quickly respond to this question.  The 1856 U.S. Custom House on Route 6A in Barnstable Village is home to the Coast Guard Heritage Museum.  It is the home of the former Trayser Museum.


This Week’s Question:   When did congress declare the 4th of July a national holiday? Email your answer here.