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4th of July celebrations planned for midcoast

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For The Midcoast Beacon

CAMDEN — This year’s Fourth of July festivities in Camden are going to blow it out of the water — the fireworks will anyway, literally.

The Camden-Rockport-Lincolnville Chamber of Commerce has found fireworks that can be fired into the ocean, sit in the salty water before firing bursts of light into the air to accompany the traditional fireworks.

“They land on the water and then the water comes to life,” said organizer Dan Bookham of the Camden-Rockport-Lincolnville Chamber of Commerce.

“It’s like seeing the fireworks through a screen of water.”

The Festival of Independence will begin July 1 and end July 4. The fireworks will take place Saturday, July 3, in Camden Harbor.

According to Bookham, the fireworks don’t go deep into the water and do not hurt marine life.

The fireworks are coming from Central Maine Pyrotechnics, which had the special fireworks made in China.

According to Steve Marson, the president and owner of the pyrotechnic company, the rockets will be fired from a barge into the water, where they will sit for a few seconds.

“Everybody thinks they are duds because they go in the water,” Marson said. “Then, all of a sudden, the water comes to life.”

Marson said the in-the-water rockets are biodegradable and should not hurt the environment.

Marson said the $12,000 coming from the community will buy them about 2,500 fireworks for the July 3 show.

This year several Knox County organizations are teaming up for the festivities. Thomaston will compete with Camden’s fireworks on Saturday night. According to Bookham, if a person were so inclined as to climb Moun Battie, he or she probably would see the Camden, Thomaston and Ellsworth shows.

But Bookham said the preferred spot is Harbor Park.

“Mount Battie is nice, but you’re looking down on the fireworks,” he said.
Other events in Camden from July 1-4 include several concerts around town, including a doo-wop bash by the harbor after the fireworks. Bookham said the weekend will be perfect for people to walk around, listen to music and shop in the coastal town.

Bookham said that visitors shouldn’t be distressed about parking if the section of Route 1 looks packed, there should be plenty of parking off the main strip.

For information visit camdenme.org.

The schedule is:
Thursday, July 1:

  • Mehuman Jonson Trio, 7 p.m. Camden Amphitheatre, free, bring blankets or chairs for seating.
  • Bay Chamber Concerts Summer Music Festival opening night, 8 p.m. Rockport Opera House.

Friday, July 2:

  • Family Fun Day at the Camden Snow Bowl, all day.

Saturday, July 3:

  • Thomaston Fourth of July Parade, 11 a.m. Route 1. Fire works on village green.
  • Music by the Sea, noon-5 p.m. Harbor Park, Camden, three bands.
  • Doo-Wop Bash, 8 p.m., Atlantic Avenue, Harbor Park, Camden, free, includes display of classic cars.
  • Eve of Independence Fireworks, 9:15 p.m. Camden Harbor. Rain date: Monday, July 5.
  • Reprise of Doo-Wop Bash, 9:45 p.m. Harbor Park.
  • The Fabulous ’50s and Sensational ’60s Car Meet and Antique Aeroplane Show, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Owls Head Transportation Museum.

Sunday, July 4:

  • Mojo Mondaynite Jazz Orchestra, 1 p.m. Camden Amphitheatre, Atlantic Avenue, Camden.
  • The Fabulous ’50s and Sensational ’60s Car Meet and Antique Aeroplane Show, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Owls Head Transportation Museum.