You have waited all winter and spring to see the sun shine and feel the weather warm up, and finally the wait is over. This weekend, we celebrate Memorial Day and honor our nation’s fallen soldiers; but we also recognize that it’s the unofficial start of summer. Soon, families will be planning barbeques and road trips to experience some of our state’s gorgeous seaside communities. One of the oldest and most beautiful is Provincetown, Massachusetts, located at the very tip of Cape Cod.
One of Provincetown’s busiest roads is Commercial Street. It runs parallel to the beach and is home to many small businesses, art galleries, and restaurants. This is what it looked like at the end of the 1800s, and honestly not much has changed. The road is still that narrow, however, you’re now more likely to find a small car or a pedi-cab on it than a horse drawn carriage. The town is one of the oldest in the Commonwealth, in fact the Pilgrims originally dropped anchor there before heading to Plymouth. Like many beach communities, about 2,500 people call Provincetown home during the off-season, but the population can reach 60,000 in June, July, and August.
Photo from Digital Commonwealth.