Celebrating in Style: July 4th in Provincetown

I suppose I’m biased, but I think Provincetown is one of the best places to be for the 4th. It is crazy, fun, happy wild, beautiful. If “party” is the word that first comes into your mind when you think of July 4th, it may just be the perfect place for you too. A few caveats: it’s not exactly kid-friendly—so leave the littles with the grandparents and keep it adults-only.  Also, it’s crowded and crazy.  If you are not a crowd person, probably not your ideal weekend to come visit. July 4th festivities kick off on Thursday and go all weekend and right up through the holiday.  Here’s the breakdown on what you need to know:


Independence 2017 is the Crown & Anchor’s signature full-on, weekend-long july 4th extravaganza. Think great entertainment, DJ’d dance parties, pool parties and more. You’ll need to purchase tickets to get in. They have tons of events going on all weekend.


What is July 4th without the fanfare and pyrotechnics? The JULY 4TH PARADE starts at 11am, begins East End, Harbor Hotel and proceeds up Commercial to Franklin Street. FIREWORKS start at dusk over Provincetown Harbor (view from any bayside beach).


With some of the best acts in town, Post Office Cabaret will be lighting it up all weekend with Electra!, Male Call, Trixie Mattel, and Raja: Gawdess Show! Broadway @ The Art House presents Michael Cerveris for two shows only on July 1 & 2. It will be a seamless mix of intimate behind-the-scenes stories and songs from some of the biggest hits from his musical theatre repertoire. A spontaneous evening of hilarity and show-stopping songs not to be missed. The Camp Lightbulb Variety Show is Friday, June 30 and features performances from the Camp Lightbulb campers, MC Zoe Lewis, Janet Mock, and the Hat Sisters. Proceeds benefit Camp Lightbulb, Ptown’s very own camp for LGBTQ youth.


Well, we can’t party the whole weekend, can we? Don’t answer that. Either way, Friday Night Gallery Strolls are a nice change of pace. Wander down to the East End of Commercial Street for a sampling of amazing contemporary art from local artists and beyond. For this weekend’s line-up of opening shows, click here.

The Best Men’s Apparel Shops in Provincetown

We will start with the obvious: I’m a woman.  A hetero one. So, I suppose my insight into what makes a great men’s apparel store is somewhat limited to the fact that I am often stealing my husband’s clothes…and purchasing things for him so that I can steal them at some point in the future. But here’s what I do know: the shopping on Commercial Street is the best on the Cape. With the exception of an outlier here and there (Puritan in Hyannis, for example), if you are looking for menswear, Ptown is the place to go.  Next time you’re in town, don’t miss these Commercial Street shops (it’s not a complete list, but hey, I had to stop somewhere!):


I remember wandering into this shop back in the 80s, when I was kid visiting Ptown with my family. Shops come and go frequently in Ptown. To stick around this long, you have to be doing something right. Sexy, high quality (and therefore, a bit pricey) clothes—a head-to-toe one-stop shop.

Henry & Co.

Forget shopping for my husband—I always find the coolest kicks, hats, and backpacks here. I want to buy them all.

Kenneth Scott

A relative newcomer to Commercial Street (I think this is their second season). A fresh crop of nautical prep style. Again, I guess it’s a given but great brands, high quality, fun colors.


Classy clothes with a preppy, nautical flare. Sweaters, bags, polos, button-downs, shorts—another spot for a fun, head-to-toe dress-me-up game.


Folks RAVE about this place. A favorite Ptown shop for many. Amazing clothes. Classic style with an 80s punk twist.

Coffey Men

A one-man operation, with everything made here on the Cape. Particularly known for his fab belts, hip t-shirts, and retro flare (think velour zip polos).


With a pop-mod aesthetic all its own, this shop has everything, home décor, apparel, art. But the custom-designed and printed t-shirts are the highlight. Want a t-shirt that everyone back home will compliment you on? Stop here.

June Events in Provincetown

June is a great time to visit Provincetown. There is already so much going on. Here are some great events happening this month to entice you to come for a visit (if you haven’t already booked a stay). Quick! Get here before the kiddies get out of school!

Twenty Summers is wrapping up their 2017 season in a couple weeks.  Some of the events have sold out but there are still tickets available to see author David France and political commentator Andrew Sullivan (Friday, June 2), architects Peter Bohlin and William Rawn (Saturday, June 10) and poets Sharon Olds and Mark Doty (Saturday, June 10).  Such a spectacular setting.  Really—this place is a must-see.

Provincetown Theater has two events going on this month.  First up is Amadeus.  Starring Billy Hough, this Tony Award winning play by Peter Shaffer tells a highly fictionalized biography of the lives of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and his rival composer Antonio Salieri.  It is playing now through June 11.  Get your tickets soon!

Second: Presented by both Provincetown Theater and Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill is the 2017 Provincetown Dance Festival, June 23-24. Showcasing hip-hop, ballet, tap, contemporary, and classical Indian dance, this year’s event features Seattle’s Spectrum Dance Theater, with work by Tony Award nominee, Donald Byrd, Rachna Agrawal (Hartford), Rovaco Dance Company (New York City), Case Closed! (Providence), Portland Ballet (Portland, ME), Boston Tap Company and Tony Williams Ballet (Boston).

June 14-18 is the 2017 Provincetown Film Festival, one of the country’s best film festivals presenting an array of American and international narrative features, documentaires and short films.  In addition to the awesome line-up of independent films, some of this year’s guests include Sofia Coppola, Chloe Sevigny, John Waters, and Sebastian Junger, who will all be present for a different panel discussion.

And of course, Tea Dance season is…ON!  Can’t miss those SOLID GOLD SUNDAYS courtesy of Boatslip!


[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’][/author_image] [author_info]Amanda Wastrom is a Cape Cod-based writer, artist, and curator. She is a frequent contributor to Cape Cod LIFE and Cape Cod Magazine. For more on Amanda’s work, click here. Thanks! Amanda [/author_info] [/author]