There gained’t be any scarcity of Fourth of July festivities this 12 months, with cities throughout the state rolling out the crimson, white and blue.
For some, it can mark the primary full Independence Day celebration because the coronavirus pandemic started greater than two years in the past.
With all of the spectacular choices throughout the state, you’ll be able to solely decide one. However as exhausting as it could be, you’ll be able to’t go mistaken with any of the Independence Day bashes at these seven Maine cities and cities.
This might be Bangor’s first full Fourth of July celebration because the pandemic started.
A spotlight for the day is the parade. It’ll start at 10 a.m. on Wilson Road in Brewer, cross the Joshua Chamberlain Bridge earlier than persevering with onto Fundamental, State and Trade streets.
There might be one other particular deal with for individuals who end up for the Queen Metropolis’s festivities. The Bangor Symphony Orchestra will carry out a free present beginning at 8:30 p.m. on the waterfront on the Maine Financial savings Amphitheater. For these extra within the temper to let their hair down, native basic rock cowl bands will take the stage earlier than the symphony begins.
Afterward, collect alongside the banks of the Penobscot River for the 9:30 p.m. pyrotechnic present.
May you discover a higher place to mark the Fourth of July than within the shadow of Cadillac Mountain?
If the summer season throngs don’t dissuade you, Bar Harbor’s Fourth of July festivities have garnered nationwide reward, with even Nationwide Geographic itemizing it among the many 10 greatest native celebrations within the nation.
In Bar Harbor, the celebration has already begun, with its annual scavenger hunt operating June 27 to July 5.
On the Fourth itself, there might be a pancake breakfast from 6 to 10 a.m. on the Bar Harbor Athletic Subject on Park Road. The parade begins instantly after, and it’ll wind by means of Fundamental, Cottage, Eden, Mt. Desert streets and Ledgelawn Avenue.
You possibly can catch stay music on the city pier from 3 to 9 p.m., after which you’ll be able to cap off the day with fireworks over Frenchman Bay at 9:15 p.m.
Head farther down the coast, and also you’ll discover fairly the celebration ready for you in Bathtub, the place the city might be remodeled right into a four-day celebration for Heritage Days.
Beginning Friday and operating by means of Monday, Heritage Days contains a mass of occasions for the entire household from beer gardens to carnivals and extra.
Monday’s slate begins off with a 5-mile street race at 7:15 a.m. for these hardy early risers earlier than the ten a.m. parade, which Bathtub boasts as Maine’s largest Fourth of July parade. There might be stay music all through the afternoon and night on the waterfront, in addition to a beer backyard.
After which, assuming you will have any power left, you’ll be able to catch the 9:15 p.m. fireworks show over the Kennebec River.
Tiny Eastport is understood for greater than the deepest port on the East Coast. It additionally throws an Independence Day bash like no different, boasting the biggest Fourth of July pageant in Maine.
To not be outdone, Eastport is throwing a four-day bash for the Fourth, that includes a 7-mile street race, blueberry pie consuming, craft festivals, pageants, an ATV scavenger run, pickup softball recreation, a hypnotist present, stay music and a lot extra.
On Monday, the occasions begin at dawn with a flag elevating on the breakwater and run previous sunset. The town’s parade begins at 2 p.m., and the entire day is capped off with a grand fireworks present at nightfall.
Regardless of the stiff competitors from different coastal communities, Freeport has a Fourth of July celebration properly price trying out.
The highlights embody its conventional Fundamental Road parade, set for 10 a.m., and a night live performance that includes Pink Martini at Discovery Park from 7:30 to 9 p.m.
What makes this city’s celebration stand out is its pollution-free “fireworks” show, which can gentle up the sky with an array of lasers.
There’s extra to Maine than the coast. Should you’re prepared to journey slightly farther afield, you’ll be able to catch an incredible celebration on the shore of Moosehead Lake.
The annual Fourth of July parade will begin at 1 p.m. and run from Greenville Junction to Greenville. Monday’s festivities are topped off with a fireworks show close to The Birches.
You will discover much more actions on July 2 and three. Saturday will function a ship parade on Moosehead Lake at 9 a.m. and fireworks cruise at 6:30 p.m. with one other gentle show at nightfall. Close by Rockwood will maintain one other boat parade at 7 p.m. Sunday.
Every day will function a craft honest operating 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Yearly — not less than when there’s not a worldwide plague — tens of 1000’s flock to Portland to have a good time the beginning of the nation.
The star attraction is the Forest Metropolis’s fireworks show over the Japanese Promenade, which this 12 months begins at 9:15 p.m. A wide selection of meals vans might be arrange within the Cutter Road parking zone, the place you discover one thing comforting to chow on between “oos” and “aahs.”
Should you’re in search of someplace much less crowded to observe the sky gentle up, the town suggests the East Finish Seaside, Fort Allen Park, Amethyst Park, Baxter Boulevard, Payson Park, Martin’s Level on Veranda Road and Bug Mild in South Portland.