Fourth of July activities throughout Maine

Viewed from atop Hollywood Slots Hotel, thousands watch the Fourth of July fireworks explode over Penobscot River between Bangor and Brewer in 2012.
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Viewed from atop Hollywood Slots Hotel, thousands watch the Fourth of July fireworks explode over Penobscot River between Bangor and Brewer in 2012.
Posted July 02, 2013, at 6:33 p.m.

AUGUSTA — Culmination of the Whatever Family Festival that began in June with events at the riverfront in Waterfront Park. Parade at 4 p.m.; fireworks around 9 p.m.

BANGOR — Pancake breakfast 6-10 a.m., Brewer Auditorium; Walter Hunt Memorial 3K race 10:45 a.m. along the parade route; Parade 11 a.m. beginning in Brewer and ending in Bangor, with guest Gov. Paul LePage; boat parade on the waterfront at 1 p.m.; charity concert gates open at 2 p.m. with $5 admission with following performers: 161 at 2:30 p.m.; Eric Green Party at 3:30 p.m.; Juice Box at 4:30 p.m.; Chris Ross at 6 p.m.; Rolling Stones tribute band Stone Doctors at 7:15 p.m. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. on the waterfront.

BAR HARBOR — Parade at 10 a.m.; fireworks at 9:15 p.m. Members of the Island Arts Association will show their work including jewelry, ceramics, quilts, photographs and dolls. The craft marketplace will be held 9 a.m.-4 p.m., across the street from the Fourth of July festivities on the Bar Harbor athletic field. Proceeds will benefit the YMCA and YWCA of Mount Desert Island. Also, the MDI Rotary Club will hold its 42nd annual blueberry pancake breakfast at 6 a.m.; and seafood festival at 11 a.m. featuring lobster dinners, lobster and crab rolls, hot dogs, hamburgers, corn, ice cream and watermelon. Proceeds benefit the Rotary’s service projects.

BATH — Bath Heritage Days beginning on Fourth of July with a 1-mile fun run at 7:45 a.m., 5-mile road race at 8:30 a.m., City Hall Independence Day parade at 11:30 a.m., carnival 10 a.m.-11 p.m., strawberry shortcake festival noon-4 p.m. at Cosmopolitan Club, live entertainment and other activities, and ending with fireworks at 9:15 p.m. on July 7.

BUCKSPORT — Bucksport Bay Farmers Market 1-5 p.m. next to the post office. Songs of America 1900-2000 performed at 1:30 p.m. by Cold Comfort Theater in partnership with Belfast Maskers. Activities and games.

CARRABASSETT VALLEY — Food booth, noon; children’s parade, 12:30 p.m.; karaoke, magic, arts and crafts, firetruck rides in afternoon; music by Sharon Buck and Dixon Road Band 5:30-9 p.m.; fireworks 9 p.m. or dark. Bring chair, towel, swimsuit, tennis rackets, sunscreen.

DEXTER — Annual boat parade, 10 a.m. on Lake Wassookeag, beginning at the bridge.

EASTPORT — Blueberry pancake breakfast 7-11 a.m., blueberry pie eating contest, 11 a.m., parade 2 p.m., music, children’s activities, food throughout day, fireworks at dusk.

FREEPORT — Blueberry pancake and sausage breakfast, 7-10 a.m. St. Jude Hall; 10K road race, 7:30 a.m. L.L. Bean; Fun Run, 9:15 a.m. L.L. Bean; parade, 10 a.m. from Kendall Lane to Holbrook Street; Matt Nathanson concert, 7:30 p.m. L.L. Bean Discovery Park; fireworks, 9:15 p.m.

GRAND LAKE STREAM — “Grand Lake Stream, America,” the town’s annual Fourth of July celebration, will be held 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Activities will include: games in the park for children, 3-mile race, frog races, tubing on the stream, and The World’s Best Parade By a “Dam Site,” featuring an array of antique and classic cars, trucks, tractors, bicycles, horses and bands. Ten prizes will be given out for best floats. Food tent featuring barbecued chicken dinner and strawberry shortcake. Sparkler Parade Across the Dam. A complete list of activities can be found at https://www.downeastlakes.org/events/grand-lake-stream-america-2/.

GREENVILLE — Downtown events open at 9 a.m.; parade at 11 a.m.; children’s bike parade at 1 p.m.; outdoor concert, 5:30 p.m.; fireworks, 9 p.m.

HOULTON — Parade, 10 a.m. beginning at intersection of Main, Military, Station and Willard streets; fireworks 9:15 p.m.

LEWISTON/AUBURN — Lewiston/Auburn Liberty Festival food vendors, bands, entertainment all day along the riverfront; fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

LIMESTONE — Food, road race, entertainment throughout the day; parade at 1 p.m.; fireworks about 9 p.m.

MACHIAS — Cart and Carriage Parade, 9 a.m., Rose M. Gaffney School; children’s games 10 a.m. at the school; parade 6 p.m. beginning at Machias Memorial High School; fireworks at dark.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH — Parade 10 a.m.; band concert and square dancing 7:30 p.m.; fireworks.

PORTLAND — Reading by former Maine State Rep. Herb Adams of the Declaration of Independence at noon in front of the Longfellow House at 489 Congress St. and a reading of the Gettysburg Address by Portland Mayor Michael Brennan; concert of Patriotic Pops music with special guest Don McLean at 7:40 p.m.; fireworks at 9:15 p.m. off the Eastern Promenade.

SANFORD/SPRINGVALE — Parade at 10 a.m. beginning in the vicinity of Carver Street.

THOMASTON — Youth 1-mile road race, 8 a.m. on Beechwood Street; Firecracker 5K, 8:30 a.m.; pancake breakfast, 7 a.m.; pet show, 9:15 a.m.; craft tent, 9 a.m.; parade 11 a.m. on Main Street; games and food; fireworks 9:15 p.m.

A list of fireworks displays can be found at www.maine.info/July4.php.

http://bangordailynews.com/2013/07/02/living/fourth-of-july-activities-throughout-maine/ printed on September 22, 2014