MILLINOCKET, Maine — Faerie houses, street dances, parades, arts and crafts, lots of food, fireworks and the 12th annual Kids Day at Jerry Pond will be part of the town’s Fourth of July celebrations starting this morning, organizers said Thursday.
As many as 4,000 people from across the country are expected to attend.
The three-day celebration, said Fourth of July Committee Chairman Thomas Malcolm, follows its traditional format with a few wrinkles, including a lot of expected guests from several graduation classes of Stearns High School.
“It’s an alumni year, so we are hoping for thousands of people,” Malcolm said Thursday.
“Better weather than last year is what I am praying for,” organizer Pat Cyr said.
Most of the events will occur at Veteran’s Park, Jerry Pond, downtown and at the downtown gazebo. The weekend will start at 9:30 a.m. Friday with faerie house building in Veteran’s Park.
The faerie houses — small structures built from all natural materials and often placed in gardens, trees or yards — will be built by children, with some materials provided by the committee and the event’s primary sponsor, the Katahdin Area Chamber of Commerce.
Materials the houses are built with include twigs, leaves, berries, pine cones and moss. The best houses and their builders will be awarded prizes.
Arts and crafts, food and retail vendors will serve visitors at Veteran’s Park and Poplar Street from noon to 6 p.m. Friday, when local bands will start playing at the downtown gazebo and bandstand, according to the event’s schedule. A street dance will start at the bandstand and run from 8:30 p.m. to midnight.
Saturday’s events will feature a downtown parade that assembles at Northern Shopping Plaza at 9 a.m. It and a children’s parade will start at 10 a.m. Vendors will resume selling wares at noon, when Kids Day will start at Jerry Pond. Musical events start at the gazebo at dusk Saturday.
The grand finale of the weekend is the fireworks show at Stearns. Fireworks will launch at 9:45 p.m. Sunday after a day of bands and vendor sales.
For information, visit katahdinmaine.com/area-festivals.