Bath will celebrate Independence Day and Bath’s maritime heritage during Bath Heritage Days, July 4th – 7th.
The 41st Annual Bath Heritage Days festival, July 4 -7, has something for everyone, with four days of carnival, Art in the Park, a Made-in-Maine craft show, an antique car show, kids’ crafts, a fireman’s muster, Maine’s largest 4th of July parade, and the Kennebec River Boat Parade followed by fireworks over the Kennebec.
Live music daily on two stages will feature the best of new and established Maine performers, and a big pre-fireworks show. Bands from Portland to Belfast and beyond will rock the main stage with concerts every afternoon and evening from July 4 -7 on the dock in Waterfront Park. On Saturday and Sunday, a mix of soul, swing, bluegrass and zydeco performers will play all day at the Gazebo stage in City Park by the Patten Free Library.
Local non-profits will take part with booths at Library Park and activities ranging from a book sale to benefit the Patten Free Library and the Cosmopolitan Club’s Strawberry Shortcake Festival, to a Skate Jam at The Park and a Chili/Chowderfest at the Freight Shed.
This year the festival will once again designate Library Park as a “tobacco free” area, expanding the initiative to include Waterfront Park. Both parks will be posted with signs asking festival-goers to refrain from smoking cigarettes within the park grounds. This healthy community effort is being organized in collaboration with Healthy Maine Partnerships and sponsored by Mid Coast Hospital.
A full schedule of events can be found online at bathheritagedays.com.
The Bath Heritage Days festival celebrates Bath’s long history as an international shipbuilding port. In keeping with this theme, this year’s parade Grand Marshall unit will be a delegation from Bath’s sister-city, Tsuguru City, Japan. The sister-city relationship began in 1889, when a Bath ship, the “Cheseborough” foundered off the coast of Shariki Village (now Tsuguru City) Japan. The villages set out in boats to rescue the crew and were able to save four members, who stayed in contact and wrote letters of friendship for many years. Twenty years ago, the relationship was formalized and enjoys an annual exchange program.
Over 50,000 people are expected to visit downtown Bath during Bath Heritage Days in the City of Ships. We invite everyone to meet our sister-city guests, and learn more about the era of the tall ships in Bath at the Maine Maritime Museum. Explore Bath’s historic downtown where tall ships once lined the wharves along the river, and enjoy the diverse shops and 19th century architecture of pedestrian-friendly Front and Centre Streets. It’s a great setting for a great party. We hope you’ll come!