This year’s Deer Isle-Stonington Independence Day Celebration will kick off on Monday, July 4, with the annual parade at 10 a.m. in Deer Isle Village. FILE PHOTO

July Fourth fun planned throughout Hancock County

BAR HARBOR — The town of Bar Harbor will lead the way once again for local Independence Day celebrations on Monday, July 4.

The day kicks off with a pancake breakfast from 6-10 a.m. at the Bar Harbor Athletic Field on Park Street.

Blueberry or plain pancakes, breakfast sandwiches, sausage, orange juice, milk, water, tea and coffee will be served. All proceeds from the event support Rotary projects and local nonprofits.

An Island Arts Association craft fair/marketplace will take place at the YMCA at 21 Park St. from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., featuring a selection of Maine crafts, including jewelry, quilts, photographs, pottery and porcelain dolls. A bake sale for charity is also scheduled at Holy Redeemer Church at 10 a.m.

The town’s annual Independence Day parade kicks off at 10 a.m. The parade will wind through downtown Bar Harbor from Main Street to Cottage Street to Eden Street to Mt. Desert Street to Ledgelawn Avenue.

The annual Seafood Festival runs from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Bar Harbor Athletic Field. Bring the whole family to enjoy Maine lobster rolls and crab rolls, hot dogs, hamburgers, french fries, watermelon, chips, water and sodas. All proceeds from the event support Bar Harbor (MDI) Rotary Club projects and local nonprofits.

There will be live music on the town pier from 3-9 p.m. Scheduled to perform are The Smith Collaboration, River Bottom Funk and The Crown Vics. The Bar Harbor Town Band will also be performing at 7:30 p.m. on the Village Green.

As always, the festivities will conclude with fireworks over Frenchman Bay at approximately 9:15 p.m.

For complete information on the day’s activities, visit

The following is partial listing of other area July Fourth events:

Blue Hill

A new summer concert series, Monday Nights! in the Park, continues on July 4. The series features community performances and food from 6-9 p.m. in the Blue Hill Town Park.


The annual Brooklin Independence Day parade will kick off a day of food, fun and tomfoolery on Monday, July 4.

The Brooklin Town Band will begin playing in front of Friend Memorial Public Library at 9:15 a.m.

The parade will begin at 10 a.m., forming as usual at the old Odd Fellows Hall at the top of Center Harbor Road. Floats, costumed marchers, bicycles, vintage and antique cars, horses and pageantry are welcome. Participants should plan to get in line by 9:30. To sign up for the parade, contact Mike Sealander at [email protected]. There is no entry fee.

Barbecued chicken, hot dogs, corn, coleslaw, potato salad, watermelon and drinks will be on the menu after the parade at the Town Green. Prizes will be awarded for the best parade costumes and floats.

There will be carnival games for children and the young at heart during the barbecue. Back again this year will be a greased pole climbing contest.

Volunteers are needed to help out with the barbecue and games. Inquire at [email protected]. Look for updates on the Brooklin Fourth Parade Facebook page.


Castine’s Fourth of July celebration returns this year with a 1K/5K race starting at 7 a.m. Registration is at the Town Dock and proceeds benefit the Round School. Festivities on the Town Common kick off at 10 a.m. with a parade and food, games and other fun to follow. The Town Band will perform on the common from 4-5 p.m. and there will be music at the Town Dock from 7-9 p.m. Fireworks go off at dusk.

Deer Isle-Stonington

This year’s Deer Isle-Stonington Independence Day Celebration will kick off on Monday, July 4, with the annual parade returning to its traditional time of 10 a.m. in Deer Isle Village. This year’s theme will be “tropical flamingos” and include Jimmy Cook, a local UPS driver, as the grand marshal.

Other events taking place include the Stonington 6, a virtual walk/run to support the Island Community Center, the Masonic Lodge lobster dinner located in Sunset following the parade and much more.

The celebration continues with an evening of entertainment and a record number of food vendors on the Commercial Fish Pier in Stonington beginning at 5 p.m. Performances include local band Along for the Ride, as well as a comedy set by Jimmy Cook.

The Island Community Center and Island Fishermen’s Wives Association have put together goodie bags that will be handed out to children. The daylong celebration will conclude with a fireworks display off the harbor at 9:15 p.m.

The parade will take place rain or shine. In the event of a total washout and/or dense fog, the fireworks will be rescheduled for Tuesday, July 5.

Those interested in participating as a food vendor on the pier or in the parade can contact Suzy Shepard at 367-5855.

Southwest Harbor

All are welcome to come celebrate the Fourth of July on the Quietside at the annual fireworks display in Southwest Harbor. The show starts at 9 p.m. on Monday, July 4. The rain date is Saturday, July 9.

For more information, visit

Winter Harbor

Get an early jump on celebrating the Fourth of July at the Winter Harbor Music Festival’s first Fourth of July Celebration on Friday, July 1, at Hammond Hall in Winter Harbor. Music will begin at 7 p.m. and continue throughout the evening.

The event will feature a variety of performances including Broadway, opera, folk and classical favorites with complimentary beer provided by Fogtown Brewing Co. in Ellsworth. Performers will include Deiran Manning, Deirdre McArdle, Celine Mogielnicki, Gordon Thomas Ward and many more.

Tickets are $15. For more information, visit



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