Chatham Independence Day Parade Celebrates Service

By: Kat Szmit }, Tim Wood

Grand Marshall Ivan Bassett and his wife of 71 years, Florence, enjoy the ride along the Chatham Parade route.

CHATHAM – It was another fine and festive Fourth of July as the annual Chatham Parade rolled through town, this year honoring men and women of the United States Military.

The Phillips Farm family had one of the first floats in the parade, a powerful piece featuring a copper-painted revolving globe supported by military men and women surrounded by poppies, with veterans waving American flags at the back.

Fans gathered by the thousands to cheer on the numerous participants, the younger generation eagerly collecting candy and other goodies handed out along the route when they weren't enthusiastically waving flags, making for a most patriotic scene.

A Yarmouth Minuteman fires his Colonial-era weapon.  TIM WOOD PHOTO

A Yarmouth Minuteman fires his Colonial-era weapon.  TIM WOOD PHOTO

George Washington crosses Main Street.  TIM WOOD PHOTO

George Washington crosses Main Street.  TIM WOOD PHOTO

The Boston College Alumni Club of Cape Cod showed Independence Day enthusiasm.  TIM WOOD PHOTO

The Boston College Alumni Club of Cape Cod showed Independence Day enthusiasm.  TIM WOOD PHOTO

Young dancers showed honored the nation’s heroes.  TIM WOOD PHOTO

Young dancers showed honored the nation’s heroes.  TIM WOOD PHOTO

Wesley Doxzen is ready for a rockin' Fourth with his patriotic attire as he waits for the start of the annual Chatham Fourth of July Parade.  KAT SZMIT PHOTO

Wesley Doxzen is ready for a rockin' Fourth with his patriotic attire as he waits for the start of the annual Chatham Fourth of July Parade.  KAT SZMIT PHOTO

Ashley Armstrong shares a sweet moment with daughter Olivia as they await the start of the Chatham Fourth of July Parade.  KAT SZMIT PHOTO

Ashley Armstrong shares a sweet moment with daughter Olivia as they await the start of the Chatham Fourth of July Parade.  KAT SZMIT PHOTO

Somewhere under all these stars, stripes, and squiddiness is Tom Mulvany, who went with an oceanic way of celebrating the Fourth.  KAT SZMIT PHOTO

Somewhere under all these stars, stripes, and squiddiness is Tom Mulvany, who went with an oceanic way of celebrating the Fourth.  KAT SZMIT PHOTO

The women of the Chatham VFW Ladies Auxiliary 8607 show their pride as they kick off the 2019 Chatham Fourth of July Parade.  KAT SZMIT PHOTO

The women of the Chatham VFW Ladies Auxiliary 8607 show their pride as they kick off the 2019 Chatham Fourth of July Parade.  KAT SZMIT PHOTO

The Chatham Town Band float is always a popular attraction in the Chatham Parade.  KAT SZMIT PHOTO

The Chatham Town Band float is always a popular attraction in the Chatham Parade.  KAT SZMIT PHOTO

The Phillips Farm Family float was perhaps the most powerful of all in the Chatham Fourth of July Parade.  KAT SZMIT PHOTO

The Phillips Farm Family float was perhaps the most powerful of all in the Chatham Fourth of July Parade.  KAT SZMIT PHOTO

Not only did the Phillips Farm Family have a spectacular float in the Chatham Parade, but they also brought their festive spirit.  KAT SZMIT PHOTO

Not only did the Phillips Farm Family have a spectacular float in the Chatham Parade, but they also brought their festive spirit.  KAT SZMIT PHOTO

As always, the Chatham Squire float was movin' and groovin', this year with a USO theme in honor of those who entertained those who served.  KAT SZMIT PHOTO

As always, the Chatham Squire float was movin' and groovin', this year with a USO theme in honor of those who entertained those who served.  KAT SZMIT PHOTO

The Chatham Yacht Club crew had a grand time in the Chatham Parade.  KAT SZMIT PHOTO

The Chatham Yacht Club crew had a grand time in the Chatham Parade.  KAT SZMIT PHOTO

The Chatham Parade has gone to the dogs, but at least this pup is smiling as he makes his way along the route.  KAT SZMIT PHOTO

The Chatham Parade has gone to the dogs, but at least this pup is smiling as he makes his way along the route.  KAT SZMIT PHOTO

A classic bi-plane soars along the Chatham Parade route.  KAT SZMIT PHOTO

A classic bi-plane soars along the Chatham Parade route.  KAT SZMIT PHOTO

Pine Acres Realty shows its support for military men and women with their patriotic helicopter float.  KAT SZMIT PHOTO

Pine Acres Realty shows its support for military men and women with their patriotic helicopter float.  KAT SZMIT PHOTO

Where's Dwight? A classic truck bearing the logo of a popular TV farm drew applause from fans of The Office.  KAT SZMIT PHOTO

Where's Dwight? A classic truck bearing the logo of a popular TV farm drew applause from fans of The Office.  KAT SZMIT PHOTO

Janelle and Jackie make a patriotic pair at Chatham's annual Fourth of July Parade.  KAT SZMIT PHOTO

Janelle and Jackie make a patriotic pair at Chatham's annual Fourth of July Parade.  KAT SZMIT PHOTO

The folks from Chatham Hood Bikes entertained parade-goers with some sweet stunts as they made their way along the parade route.  KAT SZMIT PHOTO

The folks from Chatham Hood Bikes entertained parade-goers with some sweet stunts as they made their way along the parade route.  KAT SZMIT PHOTO

Fresh from their grand opening, the folks of Chatham Works pause for a photo op during the Chatham Parade.  KAT SZMIT PHOTO

Fresh from their grand opening, the folks of Chatham Works pause for a photo op during the Chatham Parade.  KAT SZMIT PHOTO

A shot of history had parade fans cheering on Crowell road.  KAT SZMIT PHOTO

A shot of history had parade fans cheering on Crowell road.  KAT SZMIT PHOTO

Tom Jahnke, director of the Chatham Town Band, sports a festive Fourth of July cap made especially for the parade.  KAT SZMIT PHOTO

Tom Jahnke, director of the Chatham Town Band, sports a festive Fourth of July cap made especially for the parade.  KAT SZMIT PHOTO

Uncle Sam, who served our nation in the US Air Force, waves at the crowd during the Chatham Parade.  KAT SZMIT PHOTO

Uncle Sam, who served our nation in the US Air Force, waves at the crowd during the Chatham Parade.  KAT SZMIT PHOTO

Santa swept in from the North Pole just in time for the Chatham Fourth of July Parade.  KAT SZMIT PHOTO

Santa swept in from the North Pole just in time for the Chatham Fourth of July Parade.  KAT SZMIT PHOTO

Santa swept in from the North Pole just in time for the Chatham Fourth of July Parade.  KAT SZMIT PHOTO

Santa swept in from the North Pole just in time for the Chatham Fourth of July Parade.  KAT SZMIT PHOTO

Kids along the parade route eagerly await more candy.  KAT SZMIT PHOTO

Kids along the parade route eagerly await more candy.  KAT SZMIT PHOTO