July 4th week definitively answers the question…Is Provincetown Gay?
Does Dorothy wear ruby slippers?
Provincetown is about as gay as it gets. And the 4th of July proves it!
Independence in Provincetown, Massachusetts is a week-long party festival from Thursday June 29, 2017 – Thursday July 6, 2017. Most of the large parties take place at the Crown & Anchor, which is a gay hotel and entertainment complex. Check out their schedule at OnlyAtTheCrown.com/independence.
And you can’t miss the infamous tea dances at the Boat Slip. They pumped it up for July 4th week. Starting at 4pm everyday is their IndepenDANCE Week – June 30th – July 7th and on the 4th, Fireworks & Extended Tea.
Helpful Tips about P-town on the 4th
July 4th is one of the busiest days of the summer – the Carnival Parade day is the busiest – so here are a few tips about getting here, parking, and finding nice spots to view the fireworks.
Getting to Provincetown
Check out our suggestions about the ways to Get To Ptown, and the best times to come if driving.
Best thing to do? If you are not in walking distance, leave your car where it is and hop on the super clean, super convenient and even fun, shuttle bus.
But, if you’re driving into town, try to get here early to be sure you’re not walking too far a distance.
Large 24/7 Parking Lots
The benefit of these two lots is that you pay based on amount of time and they are open 24/7
MacMillan Wharf Parking Lot: This lot is in the center of town by MacMillan Wharf, and one of the first to fill up. It’s open 24/7 and you pay on exit, so there’s no feeding the meter. Directions
Grace Hall Parking Lot: This lot is also near the center of town, on the corner of Bradford & Prince Sts. This lot is open 24/7 and you pay on exit, so there’s no feeding the meter. There are two entrances (only one exit) so we recommend that you enter through Captain Bertie’s Way. This way you’ll miss sitting in traffic on Conwell St, which can be heavy at times and then making your way to the Prince St Entrance.
Riley’s Parking Lot: This lot is in the center of town on Bradford and Standish Sts. A quick walk down Standish and you’re in the middle of town – Lopes Square. 132 Bradford St. | Directions
Kiosk and Metered Parking
Jerome Smith Rd. Parking Lot: Metered & kiosk limited time parking. | Directions
Winslow & Mayflower Street Parking: You’ll need to purchase a limited time parking sticker from one of two parking kiosks. Winslow Street is a long street and there are only two kiosks: at the top of Winslow St, and in the Jerome Smith Parking Lot. | Directions
Bradford & Alden Sts Parking: This lot is small and there are approximately 10 spaces on Alden St. | Directions
West End Parking Lot: This lot is also small and about a 10 minute walk into town. | Directions
Small Public Lots
Here are a few smaller, public parking lots. (You may see a few other pop-up parking too.)
- Pat’s Happy Park, 401 Commercial St (East End across from Spindler’s) | Directions
- 67 Shank Painter Rd (Across from Stop & Shop) | Directions
- 35 Cemetery Rd (between Standish and Wareham Streets) July 4th and carnival Weeks | Directions
- True Value Hardware, 337 Commercial St (After 5pm) | Directions
- 10 Montello St (Beside Mussel Beach Gym) | Directions