May 21, 2018
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Full lineup of activities planned for Bangor’s Fourth of July celebration

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — With activities ranging from a road race, pancake breakfast, outdoor concert and parade, Bangor’s annual Fourth of July celebration is likely to have something for everyone.

The Bangor Kiwanis Club will get things started with the traditional pancake breakfast in the Brewer Auditorium.

Admittance to the breakfast, which runs from 6 to 10 a.m., is $5 for adults and $4 for children ages 12 and under.

The city’s Fourth of July parade, already the largest in the state with more than 1,000 participants and 30,000 spectators every summer, will have a historic flair to it this year.

The parade’s themes are 100 Years of Greater Bangor Chamber of Commerce Leadership and the 100th anniversary of the Great Fire of 1911.

Kiwanis Club Presidents from Bangor, Brewer, Hampden, Old Town and Orono will serve as grand marshals.

The parade kicks off at 11 a.m., starting adjacent to Acme Road in Brewer, going down Wilson Street, across the Joshua Chamberlain Bridge, onto Main Street in Bangor and finishing up at the corner of State and Exchange Streets.

Veterans of all eras are encouraged to march, according to Galen Cole of the Cole Land Transportation Museum, and veterans who plan on marching must meet on Wilson Street in Brewer at 10 a.m.

Those needing transportation from Bangor can board buses on Exchange Street at 9:15, and transportation will be provided for those who need rides to their cars after the parade.

Veterans can ride in buses along the parade route.

The 3-kilometer (1.8-mile) road race, which starts at Dunkin’ Donuts in Brewer and concludes in Pickering Square in Bangor, gets under way at 10:45 a.m., and participants can register at the Brewer Auditorium from 8 to 10:30 a.m.

There is still time to preregister, and prospective runners can do so by visiting the Sub 5 Track Club’s website at, and downloading a registration form.

It’s $12 for an individual and $35 for a family of four, and there’s no charge for Sub 5 Track Club members.

Runners will be competing in front of thousands of cheering parade spectators on a fast, downhill course.

Those spectators can expect a thrash between two of the best runners ever to call Maine home: Riley Masters of Bangor and Louie Luchini of Ellsworth.

Masters became the first University of Maine runner to break four minutes in the mile in Februrary 2010 in a track meet at Boston University, while Luchini built up an impressive resume during his career at Ellsworth High and Stanford University.

With runners and parade floats marching down these usually busy streets, there will be plenty of traffic restrictions in the area.

Any parked vehicles along Main, State or Exchange streets must be moved by 7 a.m. Monday at the risk being towed, while the Chamberlain Bridge will be closed from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The bridge will also be shut down to traffic at 6 p.m. to allow spectators to gather for the fireworks display.

The fireworks will get under way at dusk. will also present a tribute to Pink Floyd courtesy of The Machine and the Roger Waters Laser Light Show.

Gates open immediately following the parade for the 5 p.m. show.

Reserved seats are $15, lawn seats go for $5 and children ages 5 and under are admitted free.

Tickets may be purchased online, by phone at 783-2009 or at Mark’s Music in Brewer.

All proceeds will be donated to the Fourth of July committee.

Correction: An early version of this story misidentified the group that is organizing the pancake breakfast at the Brewer Auditorium. It is the Bangor Kiwanis Club. In addition, the story misstated the prices for the breakfast. They are $5 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under.

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