Plenty of food, fun and festivities will be the order of the day on Wednesday as the Mount Desert Island area celebrates 242 years of American independence. From a roaring parade to music concerts and more, there is something for everyone during this year’s Fourth of July celebrations.
Fireworks shows are scheduled for both Bar Harbor and Southwest Harbor.
The Bar Harbor (MDI) Rotary Club will hold its annual Fourth of July pancake breakfast on the Bar Harbor town athletic fields on the corner of Park and Main streets beginning at 6 a.m.
Guests will enjoy plain or blueberry pancakes, sausages, coffee and juice. The breakfast runs until 10 a.m.
Around MDI Relay
6 a.m. 100-kilometer relay route encircles picturesque MDI. Organized by Crow Athletics.
Bar Harbor Nonprofit Showcase
7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Bar Harbor (MDI) Rotary Club, Bar Harbor Athletic Field, Park Street. A variety of Maine nonprofits sell goods, raffle items and provide information about their organizations.
The George Edwin Kirk American Legion Post 25 on Cottage Street in Bar Harbor will host an open house from 8 a.m. to noon.
Every year, the town of Bar Harbor celebrates Independence Day with a colorful, patriotic and humorous parade. This year’s theme is “Peace, Love & the Fourth of July.” The parade will leave the athletic fields at 10 a.m. and follow Main Street to Cottage Street and head west before turning down Eden Street to connect with Mount Desert Street. It then will turn south onto Ledgelawn Avenue and back to the ball field. The grand marshal of this year’s parade is Kimberly Swan who won the Cadillac Award as citizen of the year last fall.
Rotarians will follow up their delicious breakfast offering with an even better luncheon at the Bar Harbor athletic fields, featuring steamed lobster, mussels, corn on the cob, strawberry shortcake and more. There will be a free live concert during the festival. The festival begins at 11 a.m. and runs until 2 p.m.
MDI YMCA Lobster Races!
Bar Harbor Athletic Field, Park Street. Watch local businesses put their lobsters to the test in a high-speed crustacean contest where guts and determination will reign supreme. Proceeds benefit the MDI YMCA Scholarship Program. Call 288-3511.
The Island Arts Association will hold its annual artists and crafts fair and marketplace in the MDI YMCA parking lot on Park Street, just across from the Bar Harbor athletic fields, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The fair features a selection of Maine crafts including jewelry, quilts, photographs, pottery and porcelain dolls. The event benefits the YMCA and the YWCA. Call 288-5008.
From 3:30 to 9 p.m., leading up to the fireworks, The Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce’s Harborside Concert Series, will be held in Agamont Park. This year’s performers are Roc Babi at 3:30, the Blake Rosso Band at 5:30 and The Crown Vics at 7:30.
Town Band Concert
Free concert on the Bar Harbor Village Green. For more than 100 years the Town Band, comprised of amateur musicians from around the region, has entertained thousands of locals and visitors. Runs from 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Fireworks over Frenchman Bay in Bar Harbor are set to begin at approximately 9:15 p.m. on the waterfront. The event is sponsored by Ocean Properties and the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce.
Fireworks will color the sky over Southwest Harbor this year, beginning at approximately 9 p.m. The Southwest Harbor-Tremont Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the display. Fireworks will be shot from a barge moored in the harbor off Clark Point. They should be visible from the Upper and Lower Town Docks, Manset Town Dock and the lookout at the end of Main Street. In case of rain on July 4, the fireworks will be postponed to July 7.