July 1, 2013

Independence Day events

KENNEBUNK

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

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.

YORK

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.

FREEPORT

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.

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