You already know that "Provincetown" is the most famous gay resort town in the world. And you probably can guess that the days surrounding Independence Day are when this spectacularly beautiful town gets even more filled with spectacularly beautiful men. If you want to have a week scheduled with back-to-back themed parties guaranteed to see those guys in their fantasy gear, with superstar DJs, fun venues and a friendly vibe, save Thursday, June 29, through the following Thursday.
Once again, the Crown and Anchor plays host to Ptown's biggest week of the year. Centrally located, this resort complex rightfully is considered the place to stay, eat, hangout or party in Ptown.
You can spend the day at the heated pool — the most popular daytime hangout spot in town. Then dine at the Central House. Known for locally sourcing its seasonal menu, this award-winning restaurant offers the local fishermen's daily haul, meat from an in-house butcher, but also plenty for vegans. After dinner, take in a show at the Crown Cabaret. During Independence Miss Richfield and Gay New York's favorite comedian, Dina Martina, will be appearing.
For Independence, the Crown and Anchor pulls out all the stops.
At the height of the summer, you want sexy parties, don't you? How about the Underwear Blackout Parties, which is everything the name implies? For a party that really cuts to the heat of the chase, you do not want to miss Vice Room, on Sunday, July 2. All we'll say is bring your hottest leather gear, and leave your inhibitions at home. Trade Pool Parties, in association with New York's Brian Rafferty, bring everyone poolside to check out wet Speedos and what's inside.
The height of the weekend, however, has to be the Freedom Beach Party on Monday, July 3. The only party in Ptown history to take place on the beach, this daytime event offers a dance floor with a breathtaking view of the harbor.
Best of all, you're celebrating July Fourth in one of America's most historic and beautiful towns. This is where the Pilgrims first landed in 1620 and signed the Mayflower Compact, the forerunner of the Declaration of Independence. To see the town best, rent a bike, which will take you to the high dunes overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Along charming Commercial Street, browse the unique seafaring-themed boutiques and art galleries. And be sure to feast on lobster caught that morning. Of course, this being Provincetown, you can also just grab a cup of java at an outdoor cafe and savor the endless parade of men.
If you want to be in the center of the action, the time is now to book a room. The Crown and Anchor normally sells out during high season, but this week the rooms go especially quickly. Check out the various passes being offered, because there are deep discounts if you book early!