Freeport gets up bright and early to celebrate the nation’s birthday, and, as usual, thousands of people are expected to turn out for the day’s festivities.

At 7 a.m. on the Fourth of July, hundreds of hungry people will head to St. Jude Catholic Church at Main and School streets for the 25th annual Fourth of July Pancake & Sausage Breakfast.

Less than half an hour later, at 7:25 a.m., runners will gather not far away, at the corner of Bow and Park streets, for the annual L.L. Bean Fourth of July 10K. A 1-Mile Family Fun Run/Walk follows at 9:10 a.m. The race is a popular spectator event.

Prices for the pancake breakfast, which will be served until 10 a.m., are $7 for adults and $4 for ages 12 and under. Registration – $25 for the race, $5 for Fun Run/Walk, plus online registration fees – is being taken at All proceeds will benefit the YMCA of Southern Maine Casco Bay Branch.

A race awards ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m. at Memorial Park.

Then there’s the rest of the show, the traditional main ingredients of a Fourth of July celebration: a parade, music and fireworks.

The parade lineup starts at 9 a.m. at Freeport Middle School. The parade starts promptly at 10, winding its way down Main Street and ending at Freeport High School. Floats, community groups, local businesses and antique cars will be in the lineup. Grand marshals will be Freeport Citizens of the Year Jonas and Kate Werner, the owners of Azure Cafe, who donate and prepare the food for the annual Freeport Community Services Thanksgiving Dinner.

The Freeport Flag Ladies – Elaine Greene, Carmen Footer and JoAnn Miller – will march as usual.

“That’s just one of the things we do every year,” Greene said of the parade. “I look forward to it because it’s our local people. It’s our town.”

The Fourth of July is a time for people to remember the sacrifices made for freedom, she said.

“It’s always something that we have to be willing to fight for, and never let it slip away,” Greene said. “People who go to parades should tell their children of the sacrifices required for our freedom – what our forefathers did.”

The parade this year was organized by longtime Community Services volunteer Michelle Barker.

That night, at 7:30, musicians David Mallett and The Mallett Brothers will perform in a free concert on the L.L. Bean Discovery Stage. The band is a good fit for the local celebration, according to Mac McKeever, L.L. Bean spokesman.

“Dave Mallett is a Mainer, so it’s Maine-spun music,” McKeever said.

Fireworks, somewhere about 9:30 p.m., will follow the concert on the L.L. Bean campus. 

McKeever advises July 4 visitors to park at the town’s parking garage, at Freeport Village Station.

“We have our parking lots at L.L. Bean, but there’s ample parking there, and it’s just a quick walk from there to the town,” he said.

“You’re talking thousands of people coming in. For hundreds and hundreds of families, it’s the official kickoff to summer.”

L.L.Bean Fourth of July 10K begins in downtown Freeport at 7:25 a.m.

The 25th Annual Pancake & Sausage Breakfast starts at 7 a.m. on the Fourth of July at St. Jude Catholic Church in Freeport.

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