THE INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE in Bath is seen in this file photo from 2015. The parade returns again on Monday.

THE INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE in Bath is seen in this file photo from 2015. The parade returns again on Monday.


The Fourth of July weekend is here, and there are plenty of events in the Midcoast to keep you close to home for your celebrations.

For those in the Harpswell area, Saturday will mark the third year for the Mackerel Cove Fireworks Show, put on by Cook’s Lobster and Ale.

Cook’s will be hosting Motor Booty Affair in the restaurant followed by fireworks on the cove.

Freeport will kick the day of the fourth off from 7-10 a.m. with a 25th anniversary blueberry pancake and sausage breakfast at St. Jude Hall at the corner of Main and School streets.

At 7:30 a.m., there will be a 10k road race starting at L.L. Bean, as well as a fun run there at 9:30 a.m.

At 10 a.m., there will be a parade down Main Street from Kendall Lane south to Holbrook street. The theme this year is Hometown Holiday.

At 7:30 p.m. at L.L. Bean Discovery Park, David Mallett and the Mallett Brothers Band will be playing until fireworks at 9:15 p.m. in town.

In Bath, the 43rd annual Heritage Days celebration will culminate Monday with a one-mile fun run at 7:30 a.m. starting at City Hall, followed by a five-mile road race at 8:15 a.m.

The Friends of the Patten Free Library will hold a book sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Winter Street Church.

There will be an Independence Day Parade at 10 a.m. with a pre-parade show at 9 a.m. Billed as the longest Fourth of July parade in the state, this year the theme will be Star Spangled Anniversaries.

The Maine Artisans’ Marketplace will be held at Liberty

Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. as well as a Strawberry Shortcake Festival at Cosmopolitan Club, 894 Washington St. from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Throughout the day from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Smokey’s Greatest Shows and Carnival will have rides and games available at Waterfront Park with food and other vendors as well as entertainment throughout both parks.

The gazebo stage will feature Cajun Funday Fourth with Hours North, Music with a Message, Hollow Body Electric Band and Max Ater at the waterfront stage.

Maine’s First Ship Fireworks Party will be at the Freight Shed between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. with a Bath Municipal Band pre-fireworks concert at Liberty Park at 8 p.m. and fireworks over the Kennebec River at 9 p.m.

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