About

The Yarmouth Summer Celebration Kick-Off is a non-profit event, traditionally taking place the last week in June, that heralds the start of the summer season in Yarmouth, a seaside town located in the heart of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Our events serve to celebrate the historical and cultural richness of the town and the Cape Cod region. The volunteers running the event are committed to promoting events that are family friendly, encourage active lifestyles, celebrate local culinary traditions and support our small businesses.

Highlights of the Yarmouth Summer Celebration Kick-Off include:

  • Ice cream chill-off
  • Nature walk
  • Taylor Bray Farm day
  • Yoga on the beach
  • Big screen on the beach with cartoons and a movie
  • Paint fun
  • Hook, line and eel – kid’s fishing clinic and derby
  • Salsa by the sea with ballroom bliss
  • Bark in the park dog parade
  • Blessing of the boats
  • Bass River farmer’s market
  • Y-D Red Sox games
  • Art closet show and sale
  • Amateur sand sculpting contests
  • The creation of about 41 3-ton sand sculptures at local businesses constructed by professional sand sculptors

 

Our History

In 2010, citizens and members of the business community launched an effort to celebrate the Town of Yarmouth, Massachusetts, spotlighting the summer activities associated with a traditional family-friendly vacation, as well as the history of the town, cultural experiences and outdoor recreation available on Cape Cod in the summer season. Through a grant from the Yarmouth Tourism and Preservation Fund, sponsorships from local businesses, donations and volunteer efforts, the first annual Yarmouth Summer Celebration Kick-Off began in June of 2011 bringing a renewed excitement to the start of summer. Over the next four years, the calendar of events surrounding the Yarmouth Summer Celebration expanded to include more activities that support the event’s goals, and a need to organize more formally arose. In 2015, the committee members of Yarmouth Summer Celebration filed with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to organize as a non-profit corporation (Celebrate Yarmouth Inc.) with the goal of building a strong foundation to continue the event annually and support other similar efforts in the future.

 

2017 Sponsors:

 

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