Boat Parade Postponed; Virtual Parade Deadline Looms

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

A scene from a past July 4 parade in Chatham. FILE PHOTO

CHATHAM – It appears as if the only way to enjoy a parade in town on July 4 this year will be virtually.

While the town's Independence Day parade committee is continuing to collect contributions for a video honoring the July 4 holiday, plans to hold a boat parade in Chatham Harbor that were announced last week have been cancelled.

Chatham Bars Inn put out a call to boaters to participate in a July 4 “Red, White and Boat Parade.” The inn planned to sponsor the parade along its beach front and asked for participants from the local boating community, with prizes for the top three decorated entries.

Early this week, however, the inn announced that the boat parade was being postponed to a future date and that the inn was planning other holiday activities for its guests.

Meanwhile, entries for the town's virtual July 4 parade are being accepted until today, June 25. The town's media staff is assembling contributed photos and videos into a program that will be shown on July 4 on Channel 18 as well as the town's YouTube channel,, at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. It will be available for streaming on the town's website thereafter.

Past parade participants, local businesses and organizations, families and individuals are invited to submit a photo or short video, up to 30 seconds, incorporating this year's parade theme, “Chatham Celebrates Women — In Honor o the 100thAnniversary of Women's Right to Vote”; honoring first responders and healthcare workers; honoring teachers; or overall patriotism. Participants are invited to dress in costumes, create signs, play music and/or shout out their enthusiasm for the above.

To participate, submit photos or videos to