Sandwich is named after the seaport at Sandwich, Kent, England. The name of that town, which means "a sand site or camp on a bay" (vig, wich) or "by the mouth of a river," is most likely of Danish origin. It took centuries for the word sandwich to be used to describe a meal item.
Edmund Freeman, a persuasive and zealous man, built Sandwich, the first town to be formed on Cape Cod, in 1637. The location was intriguing because the wide marshes surrounding the sea were extremely valuable and mirrored those in Sandwich, England.
A GRAND PARADE unlike any Sandwich has ever seen served as the pinnacle of the centennial celebrations! In addition to the various floats and marching groups, there were ten bands, vintage automobiles, clowns, and equestrian teams. 10,000 spectators and 1,000 marchers!
On New Year's Eve 2014, during "First Night Sandwich," the year concluded once more with a boom as a cannon boomed over Shawme Pond. The lights on the Sandwich 375th Giant were turned off, marking the end of the oldest town on the Cape's 375th year. The massive attendance of sponsors and the more than 500 volunteers who made this all possible was the biggest buzz, though. Thank you, Sandwich!