Cape Cod Canal Centennial: 100 Year Celebration

Cape Cod canal centennialAt Chatham Gables Inn, we look forward to all the events summertime brings, especially the Cape Cod Canal Centennial. This fun family event is held in the month of July, which is the perfect time to visit Cape Cod. Not only do you get to enjoy the festivities but also the stunning Cape Cod landscape.


Cape Cod Canal Centennial

This weeklong celebration of the Cape Cod Canal Centennial is filled with maritime-themed events from historical exhibits to giant ships on display along the canal. Visitors can tour the historical Charles W. Morgan, the last surviving wooden whaling ship.


Experience one of America’s pioneering colonial ships, the original Kalmar Nyckel. This beautiful ship served as Governor Peter Minuit’s flagship for the 1638 expedition that founded the colony, New Sweden. She made a total of four round trips across the Atlantic, which is more than any other documented ship of the American colonial era. Take an informative tour of the ship to learn more about America’s history!


Another fun thing to do at the Cape Cod Canal Centennial is visiting Buzzards Bay Park on Main Street in Bourne and enjoying the entertainment! In the evening a spectacular display of fireworks lights up the sky above the canal and can be seen for miles around Bourne, Wareham and the Onset Bay area!


Celebrate Heritage Day on June 14 by watching the March of the Descendants of original families. With the church bells ringing, students singing, proclamations and music playing at Town Hall, you will feel as if you are a part of the town! After the March, head over to Sandwich High School where an all-town picnic is held complete with photography displays, a cupcake competition, live music, and a baseball game.


The USCGC Eagle is a 295-foot barque used by the United States Coast Guard to train future officers. The vessel is the only active commissioned steel hulled sailing ship in the American military service. Tour the sailing ship and learn how it is operated!


Stroll around the SeaFest and see interesting ships, eat delicious food from the old-fashioned clambake, and dance to shanty music! The Fest also offers a Coast Guard demo, Sandwich Throwdown, Kids Tent, boat accessories show, re-enactors and the Hood Blimp. This is a great way to spend a summer day!


Head on over to the Canal Music Fest and listen to many talented groups perform music from the last 100 years. The Fest will be held under a large tent at 22 Sandwich Road, Bourne Village. Make sure to bring a soft blanket or comfy chair to sit on while enjoying the show!


A great way to learn a little bit about the history of the area is going on a tour given by locals. Hear stories of characters from Bourne’s history and learn the truth about the two cemeteries moved to Bourne to accommodate construction of the Cape Cod Canal! Local guides, Jerry and Beth Ellis, give the tour. Find out more information on all the events here!



After looking over the list of things to do at Cape Cod Canal Centennial, make sure to book your stay at Chatham Gables Inn. Our beautiful guest rooms are the perfect place to rest and recharge in between activities. Luxuriate in our spa-inspired amenities like ZENTs Aromatherapy bath products, Turkish towels, plush robes and Matouk & Comphy Co. linens. Each room has its own private bath and our King Rooms have deep soaking tubs as well as showers. Plus, your stay includes a delicious breakfast each morning, so you’ll be ready for all the Cape Cod activities that come your way. See you soon!




Photo courtesy Pete.