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A Midsummer Dream – July in Provincetown

July is filled with celebrations, and it starts off with one of the grandest of them all.

July is filled with celebrations, and it starts off with one of the grandest of them all.

July is filled with celebrations, and it starts off with one of the grandest of them all. The 4th of July Parade begins at the Harbor Hotel and then proceeds down Commercial Street to Franklin Street. Parade entrants will be judged on Most Patriotic, Best in Parade, Best Musical, Children’s, and Adult Floats. At dusk, there will be fireworks over Provincetown Harbor. Don’t forget to wear your red, white, and blue!

Provincetown Bear Week is July 11–19 and has everything you could want for a slow-paced, relaxing vacation or an action-packed schedule of dancing and parties. Every day features three to four pool parties, an afternoon tea dance, and at least two dance parties at night, each with a different theme and atmosphere. For those more interested in relaxing than partying, there are organized beach outings, shopping at the Bear Market and locally owned boutiques, strolls through the gallery district, and more!

Girl Splash, July 21–25, is the big summer event for women in Provincetown. The week has performances of all kinds, including comedians and musicians. There are also lesbian beach outings, whale watching tours, dune buggy adventures, sailing, and bingo. Each night features themed parties.

Provincetown is proud to host the largest gathering of LGBTQ+ families in the world during Provincetown Family Week from July 25 to August 1. The week brings together LGBTQ+ families for an opportunity to build community while getting empowered on issues affecting us today. The week offers a range of activities for both families and youths, like an ice cream social, a tween and teen dance, workshops, yoga, whale watching, family pool parties, and a parade.

The week brings together LGBTQ+ families for an opportunity to build community while getting empowered on issues affecting us today

GLAD (GLBTQ Legal Advocates and Defenders) hosts an annual summer party that in years past has featured live and silent auctions and complimentary cocktails and snacks.

The Center for Coastal Studies, a conservation-minded organization based in Provincetown, will host Whale Week from July 26 to August 1. The Run the Trails for the Whales 5K will be the opening event for a week full of activities intended to raise awareness for the preservation of whales, one of the many ocean organisms that make the coasts around Provincetown uniquely rich. All funds go directly to educational programs run by the center. The rest of the week includes races, guided walks, and educational talks about this worthwhile cause.

Other summertime events include the Provincetown Art Association and Museum’s annual Secret Garden Tour, which offers exclusive access to stunning private gardens on a self-guided walk, free admission to PAAM, and free parking. The AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod also hosts its annual 5K walk or run in the summer. More information will be provided when it becomes available.