Old Home Week returns with daily events for the entire family scheduled from Tuesday through Saturday at various venues around the town beginning with a market night from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, followed by a movie in the park at 8:30 p.m.
A fireworks display is planned for dusk Thursday at Gooch’s Beach.
The annual Kennebunk Rotary chicken barbecue will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday on Main Street.
On Friday, there will be a concert at the Brick Store Museum and Mainstage Shakespeare in the Park, both at 7 p.m.
The festivities will end Saturday, following a full day of activities including arts and crafts exhibits and live music in the plaza throughout the day; a farmer’s market at 8 a.m.; Family Traditions Play at 11 a.m.; an antique auto show, wagon rides, petting zoo with pony rides, carnival games and live music from noon to 3 p.m.; a pie contest from 1 to 3 p.m. and a bean supper from 4 to 6 p.m., both at Holy Cross Lutheran Church; and MaineStatge Shakespeare in the Park at 7 p.m.
For more details, go to http://www.kennebunkfestivals.com.
Bath Heritage Days will be held Wednesday through Sunday at participating venues throughout the town.
There will be a Bath Sunrise Rotary Barbecue and Bath Municipal Band performance from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Thursday through Sunday, there will be daily events like live entertainment, food vendors, crafts, art in the park, a book sale and carnival rides.
On Thursday there will be road races, a parade and a Strawberry Shortcake Festival.
On Friday, there will be children’s activities and carnival rides.
On Saturday, there will be a Farmer’s Market, Whoopie Pie Eating Contest, Chili-Chowder Fest, a Strongman Contest, Hand-tub Parade and a fireman’s muster.
And, on Sunday, there will be a car show, boat parade, lobster bake and fireworks over the Kennebec River.
For a complete listing of activities, their times and locales, go to http://bathheritagedays.com/schedule/
GRAND LAKE STREAM
The town will celebrate its Fourth Annual July 4 Celebration from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday featuring family activities, children’s games, a parade of antique and classic vehicles, bicycles, horses and bands.
Highlights include a Blueberry Pie Eating Contest, a Horseshoe Tournament, a fly casting contest, a Kayak/Canoe Timed run down Grand Lake Stream, food vendors, live performances and a chicken barbecue dinner, followed by offerings of strawberry shortcake and gingerbread.
For a complete list of activities, go to https://www.downeastlakes.org/visitors-guide.
Professor Robert Blecker will present “Declaring Who We Were and Would Be,” a talk on the Declaration of Independence, looking back at the traditions it embraced and forward to the promise it still holds for Americans in the future at 2 p.m. Tuesday at York Public Library, 15 Long Sands Road.
For more details, call 363-2818 or go to www.york.lib.me.us.
The town will kick off its Independence Day observances with a blueberry pancake and sausage breakfast, from 7 to 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Jude Hall, at Main and School streets.
The L.L. Bean, Inc. 10K Road Race begins at 7:30 a.m., followed by a Family Fun Run leg starting at 9:15 a.m.
A holiday parade will be held at 10 a.m., beginning at Main Street and proceeding from Kendall Lane south to Holbrook Street.
Musician Matt Nathanson will perform a free concert at L.L. Bean at 7:30 p.m.
The festivities will end with a fireworks display in town about 9:15 p.m.
For more details, call (877) 755-2326.
OLD ORCHARD BEACH
The town will celebrate Independence Day with a two-day affair.
The 25th Annual Family Sand Sculpture Contest will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday on the beach at Ocean Park.
On Thursday, there will be a parade at 10 a.m., followed by a band concert with line and square dancing.
Fireworks at the town square will be held Thursday and Friday at dusk and will continue each Thursday through Aug. 22 on the beach next to the Old Orchard Beach Pier.
For more details, call 934-9068.
The town will observe July 4 with three beach events.
A Sandcastle Contest will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday followed by a performance by D.J. Jaz at 7:30 p.m. and a fireworks display at 9:15 p.m.
Sanford will celebrate Independence Day with a weeklong list of activities that begin with a concert by The Drifters at 7 p.m. Monday at Goodall Park for a $20 fee.
The Square Pond Ski Club will put on a ski show at 6 p.m. Wednesday at No. 1 Pond, during an event also featuring food vendors, crafters and a fireworks display at dusk.
The annual parade begins at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Dairy Queen and proceeding to Gowen Park.
For more details, go to http://www.sanfordmaine.org.
The town’s annual Old Home Days event will be held Friday and Saturday at Massabesic High School on West Road.
Friday events will be held from 5 p.m. to dusk, featuring the Bush Pilots remote control plane demonstrations, Maine Magic Basketball clinics, music by DJ Mark Gordon and a Main Magic open gym and dance.
On Saturday, a parade will be held at 10 a.m., proceeding from Straw Mill Brook Road and ending at the high school.
Activities will continue throughout the day, including a mini horse station from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; a cribbage tournament at noon; inflatable bounce activities from noon to 4 p.m.; performances by the Northern Explosion Dancers at 1 and 2 p.m.; music by Mark Kelley at 3 p.m., Sean Sheerins at 4:30 p.m. and the Rock Bottom Band from 6 to 9 p.m.; and a fireworks display.
For more details, go to www.waterboro-me.net/ohd.
Camden Rotary presents “Music by the Sea,” an afternoon of music in Camden’s Harbor Park, from noon to 5 p.m. Thursday featuring Maine’s own MOJO, New Relm, and the Bath Municipal Band. Hamburgers and hot dogs will also be available.
Bay Chamber Concerts presents the dance band The Engagements in an evening concert at 7:30 p.m. at the water’s edge at Harbor Park.
Fireworks will go off at 9 p.m.
A public reading of the Declaration of Independence will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday at the New Gloucester History Barn behind the Town Hall on Route 231.
All are welcome.
The event is sponsored by the members and friends of the New Gloucester Historical Society.
For more details, call Leonard Brooks at 926-3188.