2023 Downtown Hyannis 4th of July Celebrations


Local Bands and Movement Arts Groups Invite


Public to Dance in the Streets of Hyannis

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Hyannis, MA – June 27, 2023) Hyannis Main Street will be closed to traffic for two and half hours from 5:00 to 7:30 PM on Tuesday, July 4th before the Cape Symphony takes to the stage at Aselton Park. In celebration of diversity through the international language of music and dance, dozens of local musicians and professional dance instructors will be on hand to invite the public to join as they dance in the streets of Hyannis.

The event starts at Hyannis Harbor with a Boat Parade at 4:30 PM. Spectators can move from there to the mile-long span of live music and dancing representing the community of cultures that founded Our Nation and exists here today.

Tuesday, July 4th

4:30 PM

HYANNIS HARBOR BOAT PARADE — The public is invited to participate in this annual event. Boat owners can decorate their watercraft and report to the dock master at Hyannis Marina and register.  Boats will circle the inner harbor and show off their civic pride to the many hundreds of spectators that gather each year along the waterfront at Bismore Park. If you are a boater and want to participate, the boats assemble off of Hyannis Yacht Club and head to the inner harbor to show off their red, white and blue at approximately 4:30 PM.

Register your entry at www.tinyurl.com/HyannisBoatParade.

Questions about the Hyannis Boat Parade? Email [email protected]

5:00 – 7:30 PM DOWNTOWN HYANNIS Movement Arts Cape Cod will infuse a multi-faceted variety of dance styles like Capoeira, Salsa, Hip-Hop, Country line dancing, Greek Folk, Egyptian belly dancing, Nia, Afro-Diaspora Improv and more into a street full of live music and deejays working the crowd. The public is invited to register to win a prize by showing off the most patriotic style.

Giant puppets and other roaming entertainers will delight residents and visitors alike as they stroll around the Village Green, and up through the Harbor Overlook. The Yarmouth Minutemen will re-enact a 1774 encampment with interactive educational activities, finishing the day with a sunset military muster at 7:55 PM.


Performances on the Bandstand will include the Cape Cod Ukulele Club(5:00PM) and the Cape Cod Moonlighters (6:30PM). The Hyannis Film Festival will pay tribute to all things Hyannis with a Patriotic twist. All are welcome to play lawn games at the Village Green, visit the HyArts Artist Shanties at the Harbor Overlook and at Bismore Park and contribute to the Community Art Wall at the Hyannis Public Library.


There is truly something for everyone to enjoy and admission is FREE!  Be sure to “smile and share” your photos on Instagram and Facebook with #hyannisjoy4july and tag @artsbarnstable @hyannismainstreet.


Volunteers are needed throughout the day and are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible. Businesses and individuals who wish to support this annual tradition can contact the Hyannis Main Street BID or email [email protected].


This event is the culmination of the Town of Barnstable’s day-long celebrations, which include village parades, the Hyannis Harbor boat parade, and music and dance on Main Street and at the Hyannis Village Green and Bandstand. The festivities lead up to a tradition in the making with Cape Symphony performing the second annual free concert at Aselton Park. Special guests joining the Cape Symphony for this performance include vocalist and star of “Hamilton” Julius Thomas III, who previously performed with the Symphony in February 2022; vocalist and former Cape resident Chantal Joseph; a cappella group Cape Harmony, comprised of 10 talented singers from across the country who come to Cape Cod during the summer to make music for its residents and visitors; and the President of the Barnstable Town Council and well-known tenor Matthew Levesque. Blending pop, Broadway, patriotic, and Americana music, “Joy4July” is free to the public and no tickets are required.

PARKING & TRANSPORTATION – There are several municipal lots in downtown Hyannis where free parking is available for up to six hours. Metered spaces in other locations can be accessed through https://www.mpay2park.com/ or by paying at the kiosks in those lots. The Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority (CCRTA) has hourly parking available after the first 30 minutes free at the Hyannis Transportation Center. Long term parking is also available for daily rates. CCRTA will be operating the seasonal Hyannis Trolley on its regular route with a loop every 45 minutes throughout the day.

MOBILITY IMPAIRED ACCOMMODATIONS – Limited parking is available for motorists with valid placard or plate at the Armory Lot on South Street across from the Town Hall. Motorists who wish to drop off mobility impaired guests can do so at the Maritime Museum located at 135 South Street.

SECOND SUMMER FIREWORKS – There will be no town-sponsored fireworks on July 4th due to ongoing concerns with federally protected species. Alternatively, the second annual ‘Second Summer Fireworks’ will be held on Saturday, September 2, 2023 from a barge in Lewis Bay with spectator viewing at Kalmus and Veterans Park Beaches. More details to follow.

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Hyannis Main Street Business Improvement District