Updated: March 6, 2021
What's on the Cape Cod events calendar for July 2021? What's happening this year, and what's been postponed until 2022?
When: Evenings during 4th of July week
Where: Towns across Cape Cod
More Info: Fireworks display schedule and best viewing locations
Of all events on Cape Cod during 4th of July week, our spectacular fireworks displays stand alone as the #1 favorite with locals and visitors. In fact, folks from near and far have told me they always plan their vacation so they'll be here for the gala fireworks displays.
Seeing the big boomers going off over the water is a breathtaking sight. Be here if you can!
When: 2021 dates - TBA
Where: Mashpee Wampanoag Powwow Grounds, 483 Great Neck Road South, Mashpee MA
More Info: Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe
This colorful annual event draws Native Americans, locals, and visitors from all parts of the globe for a celebration of Mashpee Wampanoag tribal culture.
Three days of solemn, spiritual, and festive events include traditional ceremonies, tribal drumming, dance performances, Native American handcrafts and cuisine, and musical performances by the Wampanoag Nation Singers and Dancers.
One of the most breathtaking scenes of the Powwow is the "Fireball Game". Similar to soccer, but played with a fire-lit ball that's kicked and carried, the game honors the sick and those who have passed on by remembering their pain.
When: 2021 parade schedules - TBA
As the old song goes: "I love a parade!". Here on Cape Cod, these patriotic events are at the heart of our Independence Day celebrations.
Bourne - Beginning at 10 a.m., along Main Street in Buzzards Bay
Barnstable/West Barnstable - Starts at 9 a.m., along Main Street (Rt. 6A) in Barnstable Village
Centerville - Begins at 10 a.m. from Centerville Elementary School
Cotuit - At 11 a.m. the parade will start from the Post Office and proceed down School Street and up Main Street to the Elementary School.
Chatham - Chatham's parade kicks off at 9:30 a.m. and proceeds along Main Street
Falmouth - The Bike & Carriage Parade begins at 10 a.m. from the Village Green, down Main Street to Peg Noonan Park
Hyannis - Main Street is the place to be at 4 p.m. for the Hyannis 4th of July street parade
Orleans - Begins at 10 a.m. on Eldredge Park Way, goes along Rt. 6A, Main Street, Rt. 28 and back to Eldredge Park
Provincetown - Starting at 11 a.m. at the East End, Harbor Hotel, up Commercial Street to Franklin Street
Sandwich - The parade kicks off at 10 a.m. at the Wing School on Water Street
Woods Hole - This popular 4th of July parade, organized by the Marine Biological Laboratory, begins at noon and proceeds down Water Street.
When: 2021 Event Status - TBA
Where: Shawme Pond, Sandwich
More Info: Sandwich Recreation Department
The Sandwich Boat Parade has been around since the late 1800's! The Boat Parade is comprised of small boats and canoes decorated in creative ways using paper lanterns illuminated by candles. The boats parade by the bandstand for all to see, and for the Recreation Department and Recreation Committee to select the evening's winners.
When: 2021 dates - TBA
Where: Mullen-Hall Elementary School, 130 Katharine Lee Bates Road, Falmouth
Admission: One ticket per ride, prices vary
More Info: Carousel of Light on Facebook
Come out for a ride on one of the most popular attractions in Falmouth - the Carousel of Light.
This hand-carved, twirling work of art features 20 wooden horses and 2 wheelchair accessible chariots (including one called "Bubbles" that actually blows bubbles!), all decked out in a nautical flair.
Every Tuesday evening from mid-June through late August, Music Night at the Carousel features a different genre of music to sing along with as you ride to your heart's content.
When: 2021 Event Status - TBA
Where: Cape Cod Fairgrounds, Rt. 151, East Falmouth
General Admission: $12/adult, $6 children ages 6-11 with paid adult, $9 senior and military (with valid ID); multi-day passes available
Info: Barnstable County Fair
Put on your fun duds and mosey on out to the Barnstable County Fair. For over 170 years, the Fair has been a highlight of summer on Cape Cod.
The Fair's attractions include animal shows, monster trucks, carnival rides, demolition derby, petting zoos, horticulture displays, games, live music, arts & crafts, and lots of food and vendors. It's a full week of fun for the whole family!
When: July 24, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and July 25, 2021 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Drummer Boy Park, Rt. 6A, Brewster
More Info: Castleberry Fairs
Brewster's beautiful Drummer Boy Park is the site for this quality arts and crafts festival. Exhibitors will showcase their handcrafted jewelry, artwork, clothing and accessories, pottery, pet items, glass and woodworking creations, gourmet food items, and much more.
When: July 31 - August 7, 2021
Where: Virtual or in-person in various venues - TBA
More Info: Woods Hole Film Festival
Dedicated to showcasing and promoting the work of independent, emerging filmmakers, the highly regarded Woods Hole Film Festival draws filmmakers and patrons from around the world.
The Festival showcases more than 100 feature-length films during its eight-day run. Normally, the Festival week is rounded out with parties, workshops, entertainment, readings and awards.
When: July 24-31, 2021
Where: Multiple venues in Provincetown
More Info: Family Week
Family Week is the largest national gathering of the LGBTQ-headed family community in the United States. Parents, their children, their extended families, prospective parents and friends gather in Provincetown for a fun-filled week of events including picnics, parades, dances, movie nights, and more.
Lots More Fun in July
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!