BAR HARBOR — The town of Bar Harbor will once again be the area hot spot for Fourth of July festivities in 2018.
The town’s usual full slate of Independence Day activities kicks off at 6 a.m. Wednesday with the Bar Harbor/MDI Rotary Club’s blueberry pancake breakfast at the Bar Harbor Athletic Field on Park Street.
The breakfast runs until 10 a.m. and includes blueberry or plain pancakes, sausage, juice, milk and coffee.
The Around MDI Relay includes 6-9 a.m. start times. The 100-kilometer route encircles Mount Desert Island.
A variety of Maine nonprofits will take part in the Bar Harbor Nonprofit Showcase from 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the Athletic Field. Participating organizations will sell goods, raffle items and provide information.
The Island Arts Association will hold a craft fair/marketplace at the YMCA, 21 Park St., featuring a selection of Maine crafts, including jewelry, quilts, photographs, pottery and porcelain dolls. The event is a joint fundraiser for the YMCA and YWCA.
Call 288-5008 for additional information.
The town’s Independence Day parade kicks off at 10 a.m. This year’s theme is “Peace, Love & the Fourth of July.” The parade route winds through downtown Bar Harbor from Main Street to Cottage Street to Eden Street to Mt. Desert Street to Ledgelawn Avenue.
Following the parade is the annual Seafood Festival from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Athletic Field. All are welcome to come enjoy lobster mussels, corn, strawberry shortcake and more. There will also be live music at the festival.
Also at the Athletic Field following the parade will be the MDI YMCA’s annual lobster races. Proceeds will benefit the Y’s scholarship program.
There will be a free dance concert in Agamont Park featuring performances by the Roc Babi at 3:30 p.m., the Blake Rosso Band at 5:30 and the Crown Vics at 7:30.
The Bar Harbor Town Band will perform on the Village Green at 7:30 p.m. and the annual fireworks display over Frenchman Bay will cap the festivities at approximately 9:15 p.m.
For more information, visit www.visitbarharbor.com.
The following is a list of other Fourth of July activities taking place throughout the area:
Fireworks are scheduled a sunset on the waterfront on Wednesday, July 4.
The 2018 parade is scheduled for Wednesday, July 4, at 10 a.m.
After the parade, there will be a barbecue and pea pod races.
Brooklin Candy Co. will host a used book sale after the parade to benefit the Brooklin Fire Department, the Brooklin Keeping Society and the Friend Memorial Library.
The Fourth of July officially kicks off the Castine summer season.
Family, friends and visitors are invited to join in a classic celebration that begins with a parade at 10 a.m. on the Town Common. That will be followed by festivities including a tug-o-war, sack races and a pie eating contest.
A day full of activities all around town culminates with a 4 p.m. concert on Town Common by the Castine Town Band and a fireworks display over the bay beginning at dusk (typically 9-9:15 p.m.) at the Castine waterfront/town dock.
The theme of this year’s Fourth of July celebration in Deer Isle and Stonington will be “Children’s Storybooks.”
As usual, the first event of the day will be the 10K Fun Run, starting at 6:30 a.m. at the Island Community Center. Before the parade, at 9:45 a.m., there will be a special dedication to Larry Snowden, a longtime parade participant, followed by the Color Guard and the national anthem. The parade will commence at 10, with Jane and Sally McCloskey as this year’s grand marshals.
From 9 to noon, the Oasis Cafe will be open at the Deer Isle-Sunset Congregational Church. And from noon to 2 p.m., the Masonic Lodge will host its annual lobster dinner.
Starting at 5 p.m., the Stonington Fish Pier will be the center of food and festivities, including music by Palomino with Derrick and the Diggers and a magician’s show for the kids by Conjuring Carroll. Rumor has it there will be balloon animals.
Finally, to close out the night with a bang, fireworks will be shot over Stonington Harbor at 9:15. If you want to sign up for a float, or have any questions, contact Suzy Shepard at 367-5855.
The Declaration of Independence will be read at noon on July 4 at the Sorrento Town Hall.
The town of Southwest Harbor’s annual Fourth of July fireworks display is scheduled for 9 p.m. The rain date is July 7.
For more information, call 244-9264.