2023 Cotuit Firecracker 5k

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Cotuit Firecracker 5K

July 01, 2023 6PM Race Time, Kid’s Race begins 5:45pm

Where: 10 Lowell Avenue, Lowell Park, Cotuit, MA 02635

Benefits: Barnstable Land Trust, Cotuit Athletic Association, Cotuit Santuit Civic Association, Cape Cod Challenger Club

Join the Independence Day weekend tradition in the beautiful village of Cotuit. The course is fast and flat and provides runners with a lovely tour through the village to finish at historic Lowell Field, the home of the Cotuit Kettleers Cape League Baseball team.

4th of JULY Festivities

Fireworks July

Saturday July 1, Dusk – Oyster Harbors Club Fireworks over Cotuit Inner Harbor.  View from Rope’s Beach, Little River and Cordwood Landing


11 AM Cotuit Parade Kicks off at Cotuit Post Office on School Street


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 participatein 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 4:30PM.  

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

Questions about the Hyannis Boat Parade? Email Joe@hyannismarina.com

5:00 – 7:30 PM

DOWNTOWN HYANNIS Movement Arts Cape Cod will infuse a multi-faceted variety of dance styles like Capoeira, Salsa, HipHop, 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 (6:30 PM). The Hyannis Film Festivalwill 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 elizabeth@hyannismainstreet.com.  

8:00 PM


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 at the Hyannis Transportation Center. Long term parking is also available for daily rates. The 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.

Contact: Amy.Harwood@town.barnstable.ma.us | Marketing &Outreach Manager | Cell: 508-441-2324

Water Quality – Beach Status

The following water quality updates have been issued for Thursday, July 13, 2023:

  • A Public Health Advisory will be posted at Long Pond, Marstons Mills within 24 hours due to cyanobacteria bloom being present
  • A Public Health Advisory will be posted at Lovells Pond, Cotuit within 24 hours due to cyanobacteria bloom being present
  • A Pet Advisory will be posted at Parker Pond, Osterville within 24 hours due to increasing cyanobacteria biomass
  • Pet Advisory postings remain at Long Pond, Centerville and Schoolhouse Pond, Hyannis 

Public Health Advisory

Monday July 10, 2023

Town: Barnstable 

Sample Date: 07-10-2023

Cyanobacteria Status: Use Restriction Recommended

Town Action: Yes


Dominance: Microcystis

Recent Activity: 07/03/2023: Potential for Concern, 06/27/2023: Potential for Concern

Water Temp: 79.6 °F, 26.66 °C

CCC-ID: BA-759

Notes: Town Posted a Public Health Advisory

If you are interested in receiving more information about Cyanobacteria and locations monitored, you may view the 2023 Cyanobacteria Monitoring Map at https://apcc.org/our-work/science/community-science/cyanobacteria/

If you are interested in receiving email notifications when there is a potential toxic bloom identified by Association to Preserve Cape Cod (APCC), you may opt-in by clicking this link: https://apcc.org/our-work/science/community-science/cyanobacteria/cyanobacteria-alert/ where you will be asked to enter your email address in order to receive cyanobacteria alerts.

Thomas A. McKean, RS, CHO
Director of Public Health

Lovells Pond, Santuit

Sample Date: 06-27-2023

Cyanobacteria Status: Potential for Concern

Town Action: Yes


Dominance: Microcystis

Recent Activity: 06/26/2023: Potential for Concern, 06/12/2023: Acceptable

Water Temp: 74 °F, 23.52 °C

CCC-ID: BA-759

Notes: Pet Advisory Posted by Town 6/27/23


Sample Date: 06-26-2023  

Cyanobacteria Status: Potential for Concern

Town Action: No

Scum: Bright green 2 cm scum line. Green particles throughout the water column

Dominance: Microcystis

Recent Activity: 06/12/2023: Acceptable, 05/25/2023: Acceptable

Water Temp: 73.7 °F, 23.35 °C

CCC-ID: BA-759

View Current Water Quality Monitoring & Beach Status Report  HERE

Cyanobacteria FAQ HERE

Mass DEP Finalizes New Title V & Watershed Permit Regulations

Received today from Mass DEP regarding the new Title V and Watershed Permit Regulations that are now public but will not be effective until July 7, 2023.

310 CMR 15.000: Septic Systems (“Title 5”) | Mass.gov

314 CMR 21.00: Watershed Permit Regulations | Mass.gov

Frequently Asked Questions HERE