One of the most popular and famous gay resort towns in the world, Provincetown really heats up for the Fourth of July. Gay men flock to the eastern edge of Cape Cod to relax, party and everything in between. At the center of all the action is the Crown and Anchor, the gay entertainment complex smack dab in the middle of town and Ptown's premier gay venue for drinking and dancing with the hottest crowd to be found anywhere.
Far and away the biggest dance club in town is offering a week's worth brand-name DJs. The action starts nearly a week before Independence Day itself, which falls on a Friday this year. The DJ roster reads like a Who's Who in the gay club music world, with DJs flying in from around the world to help American gay men celebrate their independence.
Of course, since this is Ptown's biggest pool-and-deck complex, there will be pool parties — three of them, produced in association with one of New York promoter Chris Ryan. If you want to take in some culture, for two nights, you can catch the droll wit of pint-sized, pixieish comedian Leslie Jordan, as the master storyteller talks of growing up gay in the South and playing Karen's arch-rival Beverley Leslie on Will & Grace.
Best of all, you're celebrating July Fourth in what is not only one of the most beautiful seaside resorts in the world, but one of oldest towns in America, the place where in 1620 the Pilgrims signed the Mayflower Compact, the ancestor of the Declaration of Independence. You can bike to high dunes that cover the town's Atlantic Ocean beach, go whale watching, browse the art galleries on Commercial Street and dine on lobster caught that morning. And adding to the scenery are hot men everywhere!
The Crown and Anchor offers a total vacation experience. All of the food served at the Central House at the Crown is locally sourced and seasonal, including local fishermen's fresh catch, meat from the in-house butcher and plenty for vegetarians and vegans. There's a video bar, piano bar and the town's favorite leather bar. During the day, the giant pool and deck is the place to see and be seen. You can book a room at the Crown & Anchor Inn, the best hotel in town, which will put you right in the heart of the weeklong action — but book early, because this week sells out extra quickly.
Be sure to consider one of the passes, including a Flex Pass that allows you to choose which three parties you want to attend plus the July 2 Beach Party with DJ Abel produced in association with Boston's Chris Harris and NYC's Chris Ryan. This will be the first-ever beach party on the Cape, and it promises to be truly "Epic" (also the name of Boston's popular Saturday night dance parties).
Whether you're discovering Ptown for the first time and one of the many who have fallen in love with its magic, there's no better time to discover this jewel in the gay world's crown — and the only place that brings you a full week of dancing, the Crown & Anchor.