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Labor union to hold annual July Fourth Solidarity celebration in Brewer

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff

BREWER, Maine — Thursday’s 11th annual July 4th Solidarity Celebration will include live music, home-cooked foods and a chance to support independent living for the elderly and disabled, according to Jack McKay, president of the Eastern Maine Labor Council.

The holiday celebration, held annually at the Solidarity Center, 20 Ivers St. in Brewer, is a celebration of the nation’s birthday and a fundraiser for Caring Across Generations.

“The $5 entry fee supports Food AND Medicine and the Eastern Maine Labor Council’s Caring Across Generations campaign to improve quality and availability of in-home care and better conditions for home care workers,” McKay said in a press release about the event. “Support independence for the elderly and people with disabilities on Independence Day.”

The dinner celebration is free for those under the age of 14.

Caring Across Generations is a national campaign that is making sure that people with disabilities and seniors get the support they need to live independently in their homes, that the workers who provide this support have quality jobs, and that both the consumers and the workers are treated with dignity and respect, he said.

“Caring Across Generations is transforming the way we care in this country,” McKay said. “We all know there is no place like home.”

The annual July 4th Solidarity Celebration starts at 6 p.m. and ends when the sun sets. Music will be provided by the rock n’ roll band Redman, followed by The Crown Vics, who perform “traditional rockabilly” with elements of other musical styles.

The annual fireworks show over the river ends the celebration.

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