The most famous gay resort town in the world, Provincetown is full of hot men enjoying the great weather all summer long. But things really heat up for during the days before and after the Fourth of July, the biggest weekend of the year.
Gay men flock to the eastern edge of Cape Cod to relax, party and everything in between. And right the center of all the action lies the Crown and Anchor complex, Ptown's premier gay venue for sun bathing, entertainment, drinking, dancing and cruising.
Far and away the biggest dance club in town is the Crown. Its annual Independence extravaganza starts two days before Independence Day and keeps going straight through eight more days. The roster of daily DJs reads like a Who's Who in gay club music, with some of the biggest names providing the driving sounds that will keep you going day well into the night.
Alain Jackinsky provides the soundtrack for a fabulous fireworks show on the 4th. Roland Belmares spins the Freedom Beach Party, the only beach party on the Cape. Hang on for the last party, when superstar Abel himself will make an appearance. If you want to catch one of the true Broadway legends in person, Jennifer Holliday will be performing for three nights. This diva won a Tony for originating the role of Effie in "Dreamgirls" and her Grammy-winning "And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going" is considered the definitive version (with all due respect to any other diva named Jennifer).
Best of all, you're celebrating July Fourth in one of the most beautiful seaside resorts in the world. One of oldest towns in America, this is the spot where the Pilgrims first landed in 1620 and signed the Mayflower Compact, the forerunner of the Declaration of Independence. Ride a rented bike to the far side of town where high dunes overlook the Atlantic Ocean. Ride a boat to go whale watching. Browse the many art galleries and unique shops that line Commercial Street. But whatever you do, don't miss dining on a lobster caught that morning. Of course, this being Provincetown, you can also just savor the endless parade of hot men.
The only place to be during the long Independence Day week is the Crown and Anchor. The Central House at the Crown is known for locally sourcing its food and its and seasonal menu, which includes whatever the local fishermen's daily haul, meat from an in-house butcher, but also plenty for those of us who don't consume animal products. The hotel-entertainment complex includes a video bar, piano bar and Ptown's main leather bar.
Its enormous pool deck is by far Ptown's biggest and most popular. A lot of the week's action takes place there, but anytime during the day it's packed with hot men. If you want to be in the center of the action, however, you'd better book a room early. The Crown and Anchor normally sells out during high seasn, but this week the rooms go especially quickly. That's also true for the parties themselves, so check out the various passes being offered as soon as you can, while the deep discounts are still available.