Fourth of July in Woods Hole: A Village Celebration

It’s only fitting that our nation’s birth is synonymous with celebratory fireworks, since the Fourth of July ushers in the season many of us wait for all year. After what feels like a never-ending hiatus, summer has finally returned, and the salt air once again mingles with the scent of barbecues and beach roses. Coming to Woods Hole for the Fourth? Get the most out of your visit with the following tips. These streets were made for walking, so start your holiday by learning more about the unassuming village making waves in global science. Woods Hole Historical Museum’s 10 AM one-hour walking tour highlights the world-renowned research conducted by local laboratories, and ends at the Woods Hole Science Aquarium, just in time for the seal feeding. Experience the unpretentious charm at a leisurely pace, and be sure to bring your camera.

Woods Hole ParadeEverybody loves a parade, and there’s nothing quite like the one you’ll experience in Woods Hole. Organized by the Marine Biological Laboratory, this time-honored Independence Day tradition features quirky, science-themed costumes, music, and dancing that can only be described as “Woodsholian.” The event kicks off at noon at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s School Street parking lot. The Eel Pond drawbridge will be closed during the parade, so be sure to schedule your Water Street travel accordingly.
 Sunset at Stoney
The 4th is the perfect time for picnics, and the best way to experience a new place is on two feet or, in this case, two wheels. Named for the line in “America the Beautiful,” penned by Falmouth’s own Katharine Lee Bates, the 10.7- mile Shining Sea Bikeway spans Woods Hole to North Falmouth, offering quintessential Cape Cod views, including marshes, salt ponds, and of course, shining seas.  Pack a lunch and stop at Trunk River for sustenance and a swim, and if you have the room, bring along some water shoes to make navigating the rocky terrain easier. Want to know more about Falmouth’s famous daughter? Take a detour off the bike path and travel down Main Street, where you’ll pass the KLB birthplace, now a private residence, and First Congregational Church, located across from the Village Green, where young Katie’s father served as minister.
Falmouth-Fireworks-1-finalVisitors travel from locales near and far for the Falmouth fireworks, voted one of the Top 10 displays in the country by Travel and Leisure Magazine. The fireworks are set off just beyond Falmouth Heights Beach at dusk, but if you want to avoid the large crowds, vantage points are available along the beach from Surf Drive to Nobska Beach. Wherever you choose to go, check out the Falmouth Fireworks Facebook page for important updates in the event of inclement
Eel PondStaying in town for the week? Extend your holiday with Falmouth Museums on the Green’s Colonial Independence Day Celebration on July 7 from 10 to 3. The event is part of Highland Street Foundation’s Free Fun Friday, offering no-cost admission to select cultural venues across Massachusetts. Enjoy complimentary ice cream from Smitty’s in East Falmouth, Colonial games on the lawn, a reading of the Declaration of Independence, and a lecture by Goia Dimock, author of “Whaling in Massachusetts.” It doesn’t get more Small Town America than that