May 30, 2020

July 4 filled with fun


Fourth of July activities will begin today with a Kiwanis pancake breakfast 6-10 a.m. at the Brewer Auditorium.

The parade will start at 11 a.m. at the Shop ‘n Save parking lot on Wilson Street, proceed across the Joshua Chamberlain Bridge to Bangor, then down Main Street, up State Street, and turn right onto Exchange.

A Coast Guard vessel will be on display during the day at the city docks on the waterfront.

The annual Cultural Heritage Festival will take place during the afternoon at Pickering Square by the parking garage.

A patriotic concert by the Bangor Band will begin at 7 p.m. at Paul Bunyan Park on Main Street.

The day will conclude with fireworks over the river at 9:30 p.m.


The day begins with a blueberry pancake breakfast sponsored by the Rotary Club at 6 a.m. at the athletic field on Lower Main Street.

The Independence Day parade kicks off downtown at 10 a.m. on Mount Desert Street and winds through the town. At 11 a.m., the Rotary will sponsor a lobster and seafood festival at the athletic field.

Other activities include an all-day paperback book sale at Jesup Memorial Library, all-day shopping in town and music by the Blue Hill Brass band throughout the day. The Bar Harbor Band will strike up at 7:30 p.m. at the Village Green and will continue until the attention shifts at 9 p.m. to a fireworks display over Frenchman Bay.


Fourth of July activities will begin with a craft fair at 9 a.m. at Junction Wharf, a children’s bicycle parade at 10 a.m., and a pie-eating contest at 11 a.m. An arts and crafts show will open at 10 a.m. in the Pritham Gymnasium.

At noon, the parade will take place, with the start-up at 11:30 a.m. at Indian Hill. This year’s theme is “Moosehead Recreation.”

At 12:30 p.m., the annual rotten sneaker contest will be held on Junction Wharf. A chicken barbecue will be served starting at 1 p.m. at the Rockwood Community Center, and the annual rubber ducky race in the Moose River in Rockwood will be held at 1 p.m..

A fireworks display will be held at 9 p.m. over the West Cove of Moosehead Lake. For information, contact the Moosehead Lake Region Chamber of Commerce at 695-2702.


The Independence Day celebration begins early in the morning with a road race at 8 a.m. starting at the town ambulance building. At 11 a.m., the lobster boat races begin in the harbor. Competitors will race in 27 classes. A flea market will be held all day in the Bangor Savings Bank parking lot.

Afternoon festivities include kids games at 1 p.m. at the Jonesport baseball diamond on Main Street and arm wrestling at 3 p.m. or when the boat races finish, also at the ball diamond. The highlight of the day is the annual Grand Parade of wacky and wild floats. Lineup starts at 5 p.m. at Sawyer’s Square and the parade starts at 6 p.m.


The 44th annual Brooks Field Days, held at the Community Park off Route 139, begins today with a foot race at 8 a.m. A flea market opens at 8:30 a.m. and a parade through town begins at 10 a.m. An arm wrestling contest begins at 1 p.m. and horse pulling begins at 4 p.m. The Road Rangers Band begins playing at 6:30 p.m. and fireworks are at 10 p.m.


The United Methodist Church will hold its annual field day, beginning with a yard sale at the church on Route 1. An auction will be held at 10 a.m. and the Searsport Recreation Department will organize children’s games from 9 to 11 a.m. A parade through town begins at 1 p.m. Fireworks are at 9 p.m.


Thomaston’s parade will begin at 11 a.m., followed at noon with a chicken barbecue and music by the Lincolnville Band. The Midcoast Railroad will offer scenic rail rides at 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. The Down East Jazz Society will play at 2 p.m. and the Rockit Band will play from 5 to 9 p.m. Fireworks are at 9 p.m. A pet show, craft fair and baking contest will be held during the day.


The Fourth of July festivities on Deer Isle start off with a 10-kilometer road race that starts at 8 a.m. at Stonington Elementary School. The parade follows at 10 a.m., stepping off at the Mill Dam in Deer Isle Village — on the Sunset side — at 10 a.m. Floats will depict the island’s maritime history. A fish and clam fritter fry will be held on the Stonington Fish Pier from 4 to 9 p.m., and the evening concludes with fireworks over Stonington Harbor at 9 p.m.

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