Maine 4th of July Fireworks

fireworks_300There is no better place than the Maine coast to watch the fireworks on July 4th.
Here are 4 Reasons to enjoy Fourth of July Fireworks in Maine!

1st, you have beautiful Maine beaches on the Atlantic, watching fireworks sparkle and shimmer over the sea is the best …
2nd, Maine is rich with US history, ideal for celebrating our Independence Day. Maine became colonized in 1607, by Englishman George Popham in Fort St George. Agamenticus was the first US city to be chartered in 1641. This city later became known as York when Maine was annexed from Massachusetts in 1820.
OOB Pier3rd, Maine has more coastline than California and many towns that shoot off 4th of July fireworks over the ocean.
4th, Maine is vacationland – and fireworks are a great part of any holiday and vacation! Besides, Maine is the number 1 producer of lobster – and what goes better at a fourth of July BBQ than a seaside Maine clambake with lobster.

Schedule of July 4 fireworks on the Coast of Maine from the southern Maine Coast to Downeast….
York has fireworks at Short Sand Beach on July 4
York Harbor has fireworks on Harbor Beach July 5
Ogunquit has July 4 fireworks on Ogunquit Beach
Kennebunk Beach has fireworks that can be viewed from Kennebunkport as well on July 4 – launched from Gooch’s Beach at Narragansett Point
Old Orchard Beach has fireworks all summer every Thursday night, and July 4 fireworks, from the Old Orchard Beach Pier at 9:45
Portland has July 4 fireworks from Eastern Prom, accompanied by the Portland Symphony Orchestra – the Patriotic Pops are choreographed with the fireworks over Casco Bay
Harpswell – Bailey Island has fireworks on July 3 from Cooks Lobster House Point
Phippsburg has July 3 fireworks from Sebasco Harbor Resort
Bath Heritage Days include fireworks on the 4th of July on the waterfront
Boothbay Harbor Fireworks are July 4, which also includes a Boothbay BBQ and concert prior to the fireworks.
Wiscasset has fireworks July 4
Damariscotta has fireworks July 4 from Gay’s Point
Camden has a Festival of Independence with fireworks on July 4 plus a parade and family friendly activities for a three-day holiday
Searsport has July 4 fireworks, and row boat races during the day at Hamilton Wharf
Castine has  July 4 fireworks from the Town Docks, and a parade and concert on the Common
Isleboro has fireworks on July 5 at Grindle Ferry Dock
Deer Isle – Stonington celebrates July 4 with a parade, Color Guard, Stonington’s Six Road Race, and events on the Pier like the cutest crab contest prior to the fireworks at dusk
Bar Harbor July 4 fireworks, part of Bar Harbor’s 4th of July celebration, include a blueberry pancake breakfast, craft fair, parade at 10, lobster races, and a waterfront concert leading up to the fireworks – voted one of the country’s best small town July 4 celebrations
Southwest Harbor on Mount Desert Island has fireworks July 4 over the harbor
Jonesport has fireworks July 6 at Perio Point
Eastport, being so close to the Canadian border, starts celebrating Independence Day July 2 – the day after Canada Day with fireworks on July 4 on the waterfront

Boat tour to Goat Island LighthouseOther Maine Fireworks on the Lake on July 4th

Naples has July 4 fireworks over Long Lake inland Maine in the Lakes & Mountains region
Frye Island on Sebago Lake has fireworks from Long Beach marina on July 4
Rangeley has fireworks July 3 over Rangeley Lakes.

Enjoy these Maine 4th of July fireworks shows by boat or by car. For Maine lodging during July 4th weekend, be sure to reserve in advance for this peak July holiday weekend. For more Maine festivals and events, see our Maine Events Page

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Celebrate Summer Solstice on Cadillac Mountain

You don’t have to be spiritual, religious, or have any hippy dippy ideals to observe Summer Solstice. In fact, celebrating the Summer Solstice is a rather romantic notion – a celebration to welcome the summer season with your sweet heart, close friends or family. The best place to rejoice for the Summer Solstice in Maine is undoubtedly atop Cadillac Mountain on Mount Desert Island. If you’re thinking about doing something special for your partner, treating your loved on to a Summer Solstice getaway to Downeast Acadia is certainly a top romantic gesture.

Cadillac Mountain view

Ocean view from Cadillac Mountain summit

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Maine Coast Vacation Ideas

Maine BeachWhen people think of classic Maine vacations, they may think of lodging in a charming cabin rental for a white water rafting trip, staying at a ski resort in Western Maine carving powder, canoeing down the Allagash River and camping out in The County’s wilderness, getting away to a lakefront campground RV park, or enjoying the coast of Maine. Vacationing on Maine’ coast is the most popular attraction, especially during the summer. And really, there’s no truer beauty than summer’s warm touch on the Maine coast.

With more coastal length than even California, Maine’s coast has varied terrain, populous, and town culture. Maine’s three coastal regions, Southern, Midcoast and the Downeast provide geographical distinction as well as very unique personalities granted by the natural landscape and the people that call it home. Even when visiting the coast, you may note that each town along the coast, indicates a matchless culture and vacation amenities.

Southern Maine

Southern Maine, while encompassing a rather small area, is the most populated region in the state. From Kittery to Saco, the coast flourishes in the summertime when seasonal vacationers visit to enjoy (arguably) the best and longest stretch of sandy beaches on the coast. While every seaside town in Southern Maine floods with summer tourism, among the more popular destinations include (from south to north): York, Ogunquit, Wells, Kennebunkport and Old Orchard Beach.

Portland Casco Bay

Portland is among the most well known cities in the entire United States, even some would claim the port city to be quite internationally recognized with its highly active harbor. Coastal access, islands smattering within Casco Bay, city attractions, historic intrigue, outdoor recreation all sum up to make Portland, Maine one fantastic place to visit and a fun place to stay. Freeport, abutting the northern shores of Casco Bay, is another popular vacation destination with its famed outlet store center including flagship store, LL Bean, and more natural terrain for enjoying the outdoors, like camping, hiking, biking, boating or kayaking to name a few.

Mid-Coast

From Brunswick to Searsport, Midcoast Maine tells a different story from the Southern Maine coast and Casco Bay region. Maine’s Midcoast offers the small town personalities that travelers find so endearing and a meandering coastal outline that offers among the most scenic boat tours. Many towns within Maine’s Midcoast are often found on top vacation towns or must visit small towns including Boothbay Harbor, Monhegan Island, Rockland and Camden. Truly, this is just a short list as any small town in the Mid Coast makes for a terrific vacation stay.

Down East

Down East Maine is well deserving of a vacation getaway as it is fabled for it’s Mount Desert Island domain. Many vacationers travel a long way to be humbled by the mountainous terrain abreast the Atlantic Ocean. Bar Harbor, Mt Desert Island’s largest town is one of the most highly visited towns in Maine offering whale watching tours, lighthouse tours, nearby scenic airplane tours, chic boutique shops, great dining scenes, and many choose to lodge in Bar Harbor with its vicinity near Acadia National Park.

So there you have it–don’t you want to vacation on Maine’s coast? Too many places to choose from, which is why many travelers choose to tour the coast, stopping at one town each night and moving on to the next once you’ve experienced the local attractions.

See our Maine Lodging Guide

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Maine Wedding Locations

kennebunkport maine weddingWith a natural landscape so diverse and its distinctive seasonal attitude, Maine truly offers something for every bride and groom for picture perfect weddings. There are many reasons why Maine weddings offer an ideal location with its natural amenities, less expenses, and more season and venue options. At the end of the day, you know when you say I do in Maine, you’ve not only committed to your lifetime partner, but beautiful memories of your wedding as well. Continue reading

Old Orchard Beach Campgrounds

Old Orchard Beach, also known as OOB, is one of the more popular areas for camping in the state. Few Mainers consider this “real” camping, claiming that real camping is getting away from it all in the deep woods, fishing in a river or taking a snowmobile trip in Greenville. However, kids and parents will love the convenience and fun of  camping in Southern Maine, especially at Old Orchard Beach Maine. Continue reading

Spring time in Maine – Ski, Bike, Boat, Beach?!

Boothbay Harbor, MaineSpring time in Maine equals flowers growing and snow guns blowing … yup, its confusing. There’s skiing at Sunday River and Sugarloaf ski resorts, and both ski areas will keep spinning lifts through May 1 to accommodate spring skiers and spring ski events like Reggaefest and Ski Maynia – free skiing at Sunday River May 1.

Meanwhile on the southern Maine coast, spring brings beach Maine Skiingwalks, biking, and launching boats for the season. Gardens in Kennebunkport are blossoming and the best restaurants from Kittery to Portland to Camden are opening their ocean view decks from drinks and waterfront dining for the season.

Carriage Road, AcadiaWhether you prefer cold or warm weather sports, spring is a time to get outdoors and active, especially if you packed on a few pounds hibernating in January and February.

Spring is a great time to escape to Maine and get a great deal on lodging and dining in seaside towns like Kennebunkport, Ogunquit and Wells Beach Maine. Bring a jacket, and a t-shirt – you never know for #shore what the Maine weather will bring in spring.

Bring your golf clubs too if you want to hit the greens at Maine’s golf courses. April and May in Maine are tricky  for packing, but rewarding and diverse, anything goes –  bike, ski, walk the Maine beaches, or get your boat ready for Maine boating season…but be sure to Visit Maine.

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Rachael Carson: Environmental Legacy

Rachel Carson Wildlife RefugeIf you haven’t read “Silent Spring”, you’ve likely discussed the book in school. Many say this book instigated the environmental movement and publicized awareness of the chemical impact on nature. What you may not have known is that  author Rachel Carson has very close connections to the state of Maine. Continue reading

Acadia National Park Camping

Acadia National Park oceanview

Cadillac Mountain Summit, Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park is among the most popular national parks in the US. Stretching across a large expanse of Mount Desert Island, here the mountains greet the sea with breathtaking coastal vistas, making the region arguably the most beautiful landscape to behold on the entire east coast. Since its discovery by Samuell de Champlain in 1604, the Acadia National Park estate has remained relatively unchanged and unspoiled. It’s no surprise then that Acadia National Park camping is quite popular in the region.

Consisting of more than 47,000 acres, Acadia National Park is a worthy retreat for camping and exploration. Here, visitors are likely to observe wildlife from deer, puffins, beavers to moose. The drive to your campsite will promise beautiful scenery and set the tempo for your camping trip. Continue reading

Maine’s Best Casinos and Gambling

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Oxford Casino

When you think of gambling or casinos, you picture the spectacle of casinos in Las Vegas or Atlantic City. You don’t think Maine, after all its “Vacationland”. Well there are a few casinos, raceways, bingo games, slot machines, harness racing, and live poker in the Pine Tree State, and its far more beautiful and affordable than big gambling resorts and cities. Continue reading