Island to host spectacular Fourth of July

Plenty of food, fun and festivities will be the order of the day on Monday as the Mount Desert Island area celebrates 240 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. Emera Maine is the “green” sponsor for events in Bar Harbor.

Fireworks shows are scheduled for both Bar Harbor and Southwest Harbor.

Pancake breakfast

The Bar Harbor (MDI) Rotary Club will hold their 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, coffee, juice, sausages, egg sandwiches and more. The breakfast runs until 10 a.m.


Every year, the town of Bar Harbor celebrates Independence Day with a colorful, patriotic and humorous parade. This year’s theme is “Acadia’s Centennial.” 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 will be Dean Read, former president of Bar Harbor Bank and Trust and the 2015 recipient of the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce’s Cadillac Award. BHB&T also is the official parade sponsor.

Seafood festival

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. The festival begins at 11 a.m. and runs until 2 p.m. Highlights include the MDI YMCA’s annual lobster races, a children’s carnival, vendors and more.

Craft fair

The Island Arts Association will hold their annual artist and craft 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.

Live music

The Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce’s Harborside Concert Series, presented by G.F. Johnston & Associates, will feature live, family-friendly music on the town pier. First up at 3:30 p.m. will be Djar Djar, featuring Kevin Elk, Will Miller, Simon Robertson and Jack Sasner. The Blake Rosso Band plays at 5:30, followed by the Crown Vics at 7:30.

Over on the Village Green, the Bar Harbor Town Band plays a free concert at 7:30.


Fireworks in Bar Harbor are set to begin at approximately 9:15 p.m., off Agamont Park at the town pier. Ocean Properties is the event sponsor.

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 and should be visible from most areas around the periphery.

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