YORK COUNTY — It’s that time again: July 4, when Americans across the nation will celebrate the country’s independence with parties, cookouts and parades galore. Residents across York County are no different, and communities from Saco south andinland to Sanford will offer a myriad of activities for citizens’ celebration prior to and on Independence Day.
In Saco, celebrate America’s birthday at Funtown Splashtown with a fireworks display starting at 9:30 p.m. Monday, July 3. Rain date is July 5.
In neighboring Old Orchard Beach, residents can enjoy the free Fourth of July Patriotic Concert, held at the Seaside Pavilion, 8 6th St., from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m on Tuesday, July 4. The concert features Don Campbell. For more information, call 934-2024.
Then, from 9:45 p.m. to 10 p.m., enjoy fireworks over downtown Old Orchard Beach, set off by the Pier and Palace Playland right on the beach.
The Ocean Park Association will host a decorated bicycle contest on Independence day, beginning at 9 a.m. Pre-register this week at the Rec Hall in Ocean Park from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., or starting at 8 a.m. on July 4. Decorate your bike at home, then bring it the Rec Hall for judging.
Contest participants may ride in the 67th annual Independence Day Parade. The parade forms on Temple Avenue at the Bell Tower and steps off at 10 a.m. Costumes are encouraged.
From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Ocean Park Association will host an art show and sale by Saco Bay Artists on the Library lawn, 11 Temple Ave.
The association will also host the 31st annual Ocean Park Sand Sculpture Competition, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the beach between Randall and Ancona avenues.
In Sanford, events begin on Saturday, July 1 with the ever-popular Concert in Goodall Park. This year will feature Sanford’s own Boyz Gone Wild and Bon Fire, an AC/DC tribute band. Doors for the all-family event open at 5:30 p.m., and there will also be food and adult beverages. Tickets are $10 in advance, available at the Parks and Recreation Office in City Hall, or $15 at the door. 
On Sunday, July 2 at 6:30 p.m., southern New Hampshire’s Blue Note Big Band will play jazz music at Goodall Park. There will be food as well as adult beverages for this family event, as well. Tickets are $5, available at the Parks and Recreation Office or at the door.  
On Monday, July 3, food vendors and fireworks, as well as some music, will come to the area around Number One Pond in the late afternoon. The Maine Attraction Water Ski Show will take place on the pond at 6:30 p.m.  Fireworks are at 9 p.m. from the middle of Number One Pond.  
On Tuesday, July 4 the Annual Parade will march down Main Street to Gowen Park at 10 a.m. with the theme “Service Above Self.” If your group or organization wants to be involved, call the Parks and Recreation Office at 324-9130 or go Sanford’s website, www.sanfordmaine.org, where you can find parade participation and vendor forms.

 In Kennebunk, which is hosting its annual SummerFest event again this year, a parade will march down Main Street at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 1. The day will also feature face painting, craft and food vendors and horse and wagon rides at the Waterhouse Center; a bounce house in Rotary Park; and a pie-eating contest at the library.
On Independence Day, residents can enjoy fireworks at Gooch’s Beach at 9 p.m. 
For more SummerFest information, visit www.kennebunkmaine.us/SummerFest. 
Ogunquit will also put on a show for residents July 4. Beginning at 9:15 p.m., residents can view fireworks at the Main Beach parking lot. DJ Perry will play music before and after the display. The rain date is July 5.
— Staff Writer Alan Bennett can be contacted at 282-1535, ext. 329 or [email protected]

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