The 3rd of July, not the 4th, will mark the high point of Independence Day celebrations in Camden as music and fireworks combine to mark our nation’s birthday in fine style.
Camden will become America’s music village once again on Sunday, July 3rd, with the Camden Rotary Club’s Music by the Sea presenting three ensembles performing American music.
But festivities aren’t just limited to the 3rd. The Festival of Independence schedule is:
• Friday, July 1, Bay Chamber Concerts Summer Music Festival opening night, Rockport Opera House, 8 p.m.
• Friday, July 1, second annual Bayside Block Festival. Live music, raffles, open houses, refreshments, entertainment. Downtown Camden. 4-7 p.m.
• Saturday, July 2, The Concert Handbell Choir of the St. Luke Lutheran Church in Gales Ferry, Conn., Camden Amphitheatre Camden, 1 p.m. Bring blankets or chairs.
• Saturday and Sunday, July 2-3, Fabulous ‘50s and Sensational ’60s Car Meet and Antique Aeroplane Show, Owls Head Transportation Museum. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
• Sunday, July 3: Camden Rotary Club presents Music by the Sea: Noon, MoJO Monday Night Jazz Orchestra, Harbor Park; 1:30 p.m., Midcoast Community Band, Amphitheater; 3 p.m., Steelin Thunder steel drum band, Harbor Park. All free, bring blankets or chairs.
• Sunday, July 3: Bay Chamber Concerts present Dancing in the Streets, starts at 8:30 p.m. Dancing the night away to classic Motown performed by Jr. Walker & The Allstars, Harbor Park, Camden.
• Sunday, July 3, Eve of Independence Fireworks, 9:15 p.m. Rain date, Monday, July 5.
• Monday, July 4, Thomaston Traditional Small Town 4th of July Parade, 11 a.m.
• Monday, July 4, “Maine’s Own” 195th Army Band of the Maine Army National Guard, 3 p.m. in the Camden Amphitheatre, Camden.
• Monday July 4, Fireworks, Thomaston, 9:15 p.m.
• Tuesday, July 5, Historian James Nelson will speak about the battle of Bunker Hill at the Camden Public Library, 6:30 p.m.
For more information on these and other events around the Fourth of July weekend visit
Dan Bookham is the executive director of the Camden-Rockport-Lincolnville Chamber of Commerce. Call 236-4404, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.visitcamden.com for more information.