Updated: September 30, 2023
The Cape Cod fireworks schedule for 2023 includes displays all across the Cape - from 4th of July week, through the summer and fall, to New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.
When: July 1, 2023
Where: Henry T. Wing School
Time: 10:00 p.m.
Insider's Tip: There'll be music by The Moonlighters from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
When: July 1, 2023
Where: 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.
When: July 2, 2023
Where: Veterans Field, Chatham, MA
Time: Around 9:00 p.m.
Insider's Tip: Make an evening of it! Children's activities start at 6 p.m., followed by the fireworks display at dusk. Lots of fun for the whole family!
July 4, 2023 *POSTPONED to July 5th. *CANCELED due to fog. No make-up date scheduled.
Where: 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.
Be sure to check out Falmouth PD's parking and road closure info before you go, and plan accordingly!
*Note: Areas along Surf Drive and Trunk River may be closed off to public access during this year's fireworks display to protect the nesting shorebirds.
When: July 4, 2023
Where: 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)
*Note: Downtown streets will be closed to vehicle traffic beginning at 3 p.m. If you hope to get into town and find a parking spot, get there early in the day. (The earlier, the better!)
When: July 4, 2023
Where: Plymouth Harbor
Time: 9:15 p.m. (dusk)
Insider's Tip: For those on the "mainland" side of the Cape Cod Canal, Plymouth is the place to be for fireworks on July 4th! Go early, grab a bite to eat, and enjoy the pre-fireworks concert by Plymouth Philharmonic at Pilgrim Memorial Park!
Mashpee Community Picnic & Fireworks
When: June 23, 2023
Where: Mashpee High School, 500 Old Barnstable Road, Mashpee, MA
More Info: Mashpee Rec
The fireworks display is always a highlight of Mashpee's annual Community Picnic.
Come out early for a full evening of games, food, music and entertainment for the whole family. The festivities begin at 5 p.m., with the fireworks show starting just after dusk.
When: September 2, 2023
Where: Lewis Bay
Time: Just after dusk (around 8 p.m.)
Insider's Tip: The best viewing spots are the beaches around Hyannis Harbor (especially Veterans and Kalmus) 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!)
West Dennis Beach Bonfire & Fireworks
When: September 3, 2023 around dusk
Where: West Dennis Beach, West Dennis, MA
More Info: Dennis Chamber of Commerce
This family friendly evening at West Dennis Beach begins at 6 p.m. with music, a beach bonfire and marshmallow roasting, followed by the big fireworks display at dusk.
The fireworks can also be seen from nearby beaches including Smugglers Beach in South Yarmouth.
Harwich Cranberry Arts & Music Festival Fireworks
When: September 16, 2023, at dark *CANCELLED due to weather*
Where: Harwich Community Center, 100 Oak Street, Harwich MA
More Info: Harwich Cranberry Festival
This two-day festival features an arts and crafts fair and the ever-popular CranJam Music Festival.
When the music winds down on Saturday night, stick around for the big fireworks display that caps off the day's entertainment!
Harvest Moon Festival Fireworks
September 23, 2023 *POSTPONED to October 1st
Where: Shell Point, Onset, MA
More Info: Harvest Moon Festival
This fireworks display is just one highlight of the Harvest Moon Festival, a day that includes an antique and classic car show, a "Chili, Chowder & Stuffies Contest", live music, flea market, food trucks and more!
*Note: The village of Onset is on the "mainland" side of the Cape Cod Canal.
Yarmouth Seaside Festival Fireworks
When: October 8, 2023, around 8 p.m.
Where: Seagull Beach, West Yarmouth, MA
More Info: Yarmouth Seaside Festival
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 huge crafts fair, canoe and kayak races, beach activities ... and the big fireworks display over Seagull Beach.
First Night Chatham
When: December 31, 2023 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Veterans Field, Chatham
More Info: First Night Chatham
The town of Chatham welcomes the New Year with its ever-popular First Night celebration and an early fireworks display at Veteran's Field. That's a special treat for those of us who can't manage to stay awake until midnight! ;-)
The day's activities kick off with the traditional Town Photo at the Chatham Lighthouse at noon and reach their peak of noise and awe with the Noise Parade and Veterans Field Fireworks, and more activities until finishing around 9 p.m.
First Light Provincetown
When: 2023-4 fireworks schedule TBA
Where: Provincetown Harbor
More Info: First Light Provincetown
"First Light" is Provincetown's gala, weekend-long New Year's celebration. Bundle up in your snuggies to watch all the colors and sparkles of fireworks over the Harbor. Such a fun and festive way to celebrate the arrival of a new year!
On warm summer evenings by the ocean, 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 in the summer months.
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!
Enjoy the fireworks displays!
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!