Kennedy Memorial/Veterans Beach

Hyannis, Massachusetts

Veterans Memorial Beach on Ocean Street is a popular spot where beachgoers enjoy cookouts and picnics shaded by a pine grove. This park is home to two historical shrines: the Korean War Memorial and the John F. Kennedy Memorial. Come and watch the boats traveling in and out of Lewis Bay. There is a playground for children, barbecue grills, a great snack bar, benches, a fountain, restrooms and showers. Handicap chairs are available and the parking lot is handicap-accessible. Lifeguards are on duty during summer season only from 9am until 5pm. Residential parking stickers are $30 and daily parking fees are $15 (weekdays) and $20 (weekends and holidays). Weekly passes are $50 and seasonal passes are $200. For more information, call (508) 790-9885.

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is still essential. Only go to the beach if you are able to keep 6 feet or 2 meters away from others. Follow the instructions provided by your local health authorities. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter our efforts to curb the virus’s spread.

Water Quality
  • Passed water quality tests 60-95% of the time

  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on August 30th, 2021. The Swim Guide - Massachusetts updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on August 31st, 2021 at 4:25 PM.
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Current Weather
12°C
Clear
Monitoring Frequency

Kennedy Memorial/Veterans Beach is sampled bi-weekly from May 28th to September 1st.

Source Information

The Barnstable County Department of Health and the Environment, and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation collect water quality samples weekly from June through September. In Barnstable, water samples are typically collected on Monday, and the water testing results are available Wednesday.

The water at marine beaches is tested for the presence of Enterococci, a group of bacterial species typically found in human and animal intestines and are therefore present in sewage. Enterococci is also referred to as indicator organisms. Indicator organisms are used to predict the presence of pathogenic, or disease-causing, organisms associated with fecal contamination.

Swim Guide checks for the latest information daily, Monday - Friday during the swimming season.

A beach is marked Green when less than 104 units of Enterococci / 100 ml of water is present in a single sample, or when the geometric mean of 5 samples contains less than 35 units / 100ml of water.

A beach is marked Red when more than 104 units of Enterococci / 100 ml of water is present in a single sample, or when the geometric mean of 5 samples contains more than 35 units / 100ml of water.

A beach is marked Grey when there is no current or reliable monitoring information available.

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Kennedy Memorial/Veterans Beach

Hyannis, Massachusetts

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is still essential. Only go to the beach if you are able to keep 6 feet or 2 meters away from others. Follow the instructions provided by your local health authorities. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter our efforts to curb the virus’s spread.

Water Quality
  • Passed water quality tests 60-95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on August 30th, 2021. The Swim Guide - Massachusetts updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on August 31st, 2021 at 4:25 PM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  
Current Weather
12°C
Clear

Veterans Memorial Beach on Ocean Street is a popular spot where beachgoers enjoy cookouts and picnics shaded by a pine grove. This park is home to two historical shrines: the Korean War Memorial and the John F. Kennedy Memorial. Come and watch the boats traveling in and out of Lewis Bay. There is a playground for children, barbecue grills, a great snack bar, benches, a fountain, restrooms and showers. Handicap chairs are available and the parking lot is handicap-accessible. Lifeguards are on duty during summer season only from 9am until 5pm. Residential parking stickers are $30 and daily parking fees are $15 (weekdays) and $20 (weekends and holidays). Weekly passes are $50 and seasonal passes are $200. For more information, call (508) 790-9885.

Monitoring Frequency

Kennedy Memorial/Veterans Beach is sampled bi-weekly from May 28th to September 1st.

Source Information

The Barnstable County Department of Health and the Environment, and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation collect water quality samples weekly from June through September. In Barnstable, water samples are typically collected on Monday, and the water testing results are available Wednesday.

The water at marine beaches is tested for the presence of Enterococci, a group of bacterial species typically found in human and animal intestines and are therefore present in sewage. Enterococci is also referred to as indicator organisms. Indicator organisms are used to predict the presence of pathogenic, or disease-causing, organisms associated with fecal contamination.

Swim Guide checks for the latest information daily, Monday - Friday during the swimming season.

A beach is marked Green when less than 104 units of Enterococci / 100 ml of water is present in a single sample, or when the geometric mean of 5 samples contains less than 35 units / 100ml of water.

A beach is marked Red when more than 104 units of Enterococci / 100 ml of water is present in a single sample, or when the geometric mean of 5 samples contains more than 35 units / 100ml of water.

A beach is marked Grey when there is no current or reliable monitoring information available.

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