Local parades, fireworks, races and more mark the 4th in Maine

Posted July 02, 2009, at 10:32 p.m.

ASHLAND — Public pancake breakfast, 7-9 a.m. at the Masonic Hall on Plum Street.

BANGOR — Fourth of July barbecue, 3-8 p.m. sponsored by Bangor area Kiwanis clubs, at the parking lot near Shaw’s, Main Street. Cheeseburger, hamburger or hot dog basket with chips and soda, $3.50. Raffle for leather golf bag and a basketball hoop.

BAR HARBOR — MDI Rotary pancake breakfast begins at 6 a.m. at the ballpark on Park Street. Downeast Dog Scouts Troop 159 will sell Puppy Pails to benefit Downeast Dog Scouts community programs and service projects at the athletic field; the parade begins at 10 a.m. through downtown; local businesses will participate in a lobster race to benefit the MDI YMCA Scholarship Program at the Ballfield on Park Street after the parade; fireworks display on the waterfront begins about 9:15 p.m.

BREWER-BANGOR — Greater Bangor Kiwanis Club Fourth of July Parade, 11 a.m., forms 10 a.m. junction of Acme Road and Wilson Street, Brewer. Veterans park at Brewer Auditorium. World War II veterans, then Korean War, Vietnam War, Veterans of Global War on Terrorism. National Guard and Reserve veterans with era groups in which they served. Parade runs down Wilson Street, across Chamberlain Bridge, down Main Street in Bangor, up State Street, turn right onto Exchange Street. Buses for veterans needing to ride the route. Buses will be along Wilson Street, Brewer, before parade; on Exchange Street, Bangor, after parade. Fireworks along the Penobscot River at 9 p.m.

BREWER-BANGOR — Jim Harney Chapter 003 of Veterans for Peace and supporters will march in the annual Bangor-Brewer parade. Veterans for Peace members and supporters will meet at 9 a.m. at the Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine, 170 Park St., Bangor, and arrange car-pooling to Brewer. Those who wish to join the parade in Brewer can look for the Veterans for Peace banner at the Hannaford Shopping Center in Brewer. The Peace & Justice Center will host a lunch and discussion of future directions for the peace movement in eastern Maine after the parade. The lunch is open to the public. For information visit www.vfp003.org or call 338-1852 or 942-9343.

BREWER — Bangor-area Kiwanis chapters pancake breakfast, 6-10 a.m. July 4, Brewer Auditorium. Dunkin’ Donuts coffee, strawberries from Tate’s farm, Hormel sausage. $4.50, $3.50 children under 12.

CARRABASSETT VALLEY — Children’s Parade, 12:15 p.m., starts at Tufulio’s Restaurant; 1-5 p.m., Kathy’s Karaoke at the Town Park; 1:30 p.m., Magician Stephen the Great performs; 2-3:30 p.m., arts and crafts and sawdust pile for children; 3-5 p.m., firetruck rides; 5:30 – 9 p.m. rock ’n roll with Roadhouse; 9:15 p.m., fireworks.

CHERRYFIELD — Cherryfield has postponed its annual Fourth of July summer celebration until Sept. 18.

DEER ISLE-STONINGTON — Walking race and Fun Run, 7:30 a.m. at Old Stonington Elementary School; Color Guard Ceremony, 9:30 a.m. at Deer Isle Village followed by parade at 10 a.m.; Lobster dinner, 12:30 to 2 p.m. at Masonic Hall, Deer Isle; farmers market, 1-3 p.m. at Old Stonington Elementary School; Food and entertainment, 4-9 p.m., Stonington Pier; music, 7-9 p.m., Stonington Pier followed by fireworks.

EASTPORT — Flag-raising, sunrise at the breakwater, followed by blueberry pancake breakfast at Eastport Municipal Airport; U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary open house and craft fair, 10 a.m., on the breakwater, Grand Independence Day Parade, 2 p.m.; concert, 4 p.m., Library Park, dusk, fireworks. Sunday, July 5, registration for the Charles E. Davis seven-mile race, 7 a.m., Shead High School, followed by the race; craft fair, 10 a.m.; Class of 1972 reunion, 1 p.m., Seaview Campground; basketball game of challengers vs. Shead High School team, 4 p.m.; July 3-5, U.S. Coast Guard Jefferson Island 110-foot Island Class Patrol Boat in port.

GREENVILLE — Craft fair with food vendors, children’s games and a book sale will begin at 9 a.m. downtown, followed by an opening ceremony at 10:30 a.m. sponsored by the American Legion. An antique car parade will begin at 11 a.m. followed by a general parade at 11:05 a.m. A children’s bike parade and contest will begin at 1 p.m. The Remotes will perform an outdoor concert at 6:30 p.m., and fireworks will begin at 9 p.m. For information on the events, contact the town office at 695-2421 or the Moosehead Chamber of Commerce at 695-2702.

HOULTON — Parade begins at 10 a.m.; Agricultural Fair runs all day in Community Park; Kirbside Prophet concert at 7:30 p.m. in Community Park; fireworks begin in park at 9:45 p.m.

ISLESBORO — Fireworks, dusk, watch from Lincolnville Beach.

LIMESTONE — Parade through town at 1 p.m.; events all day at Trafton Lake; fireworks begin at 9 p.m.

LUBEC — Pancake breakfast, 7 a.m., Congregational Church; field races, 10 a.m., at Flat Iron Corner; grand parade, 1 p.m., followed by games at the boat ramp; 6 p.m., the Calathumpian Shirt Tail Parade; Sunday, July 5, pet show, 10 a.m., on the boat ramp; horseshoe competition, 11 a.m. at Stockford’s Park; fish relay, cucumber toss and arm wrestling at 1 p.m. at the boat ramp; Rum Runner’s Boat Race, 3 p.m.

MACHIAS — Parade, themed “An American Hero,” at 6 p.m. Lineup will be in Sylvan Park across from Down East Community Hospital, and the parade will proceed on Court Street to Free Street to Route 1A where it will head north to just over the causeway. Weather permitting, there will be fireworks downtown at dusk.

MILLINOCKET — Parade starts at 10 a.m. at Pangburn’s Family IGA to Veteran’s Park; family entertainment with comedian Gary Crocker in Veteran’s Park will follow the parade on Saturday afternoon, plus music, food and craft vendors. The Hometown Band will play at 6 p.m. behind Stearns High School, and the fireworks show will start at dark at Stearns.

OWLS HEAD — Fabulous Fifties and Sensational Sixties Car Meet & Antique Aeroplane Show, July 4-5, Owls Head Transportation Museum. More than 400 classic autos, guided tours, demonstrations, biplane rides, free Model T rides, kid’s activities. $12 adults, family pass $30. Children under 18 free through 2009. www.owlshead.org.

PORTAGE LAKE — Street dance at 8 p.m. at the Pavilion; fireworks over the lake at 9 p.m.

PRESQUE ISLE — Presque Isle Elks Lodge to host Community Celebration beginning at 10 a.m. at Riverside Park, including music, barbecue, boat rides, children’s activities and more.

SEARSPORT — Parade, 11 a.m., at Norris Street, proceeding to Dan Rich Public Safety Building. With Searsport Historical Society float honoring World War II veterans, who are encouraged to take part in parade. Sign-up sheet for veterans who want to participate in the parade available at the town office. After parade, ceremony honoring veterans at auction site next to the Methodist Church on Elm Street. All are welcome. Valerie Murphy, 548-2547.

SEBEC — A hearty breakfast will be offered at 7:30 a.m. at the Sebec Village Community Church, followed by a 5K road race that begins at 8 a.m. A parade and flag ceremony will be held at 9:30 a.m. followed by a USCA canoe race on Sebec Lake. A barbecue featuring chicken, hot dogs and hamburgers will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There also will be children’s games, live music and the Fire Department’s annual auction starting at noon.

SWANVILLE — Swan Lake Association annual boat parade, noon, at public boat launch. Prizes for best-decorated V-hull and party boats. Theme is Fourth of July on Maine lakes, so come as a fish or Uncle Sam. All boats, decorated or undecorated, welcome to join in the parade.

THOMASTON — Pancake breakfast, big parade, entertainment, pet show, horseshoes tournament, firecracker races, baking contest, chicken barbecue, music, crafts, children’s activities and fireworks. Visit www.thomaston4thofjuly.com.

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