Jun 282011

If you’re visiting Mount Desert Island on the Fourth of July, prepare to be busy.  Sure, you may start the day quietly by doing something like photographing the footbridge in Somesville.  But I bet you’ll soon become ensnared in the traditional excitement of America’s Independence Day – with a quintessential Maine twist.  Check out the schedule to see what I mean: 

6am  Blueberry Pancake Breakfast

At the Bar Harbor Athletic Field on Park Street, indulge in pancakes, blueberry or plain, and everything else that makes a great Maine breakfast.

 9am-3pm  Craft Fair

Scour the marketplace at the YMCA, 21 Park Street for jewelry, quilts, photographs, pottery, and porcelain dolls. 

10am  Independence Day Parade

“America the Beautiful” is the theme of the parade, which winds through downtown from Main Street to Cottage to Eden to Mt. Desert to Ledgelawn Avenue. 

11am  Seafood Festival

Back at the Bar Harbor Athletic Field on Park Street enjoy lobster, mussels, corn, and strawberry shortcake. 

After the Parade, MDI YMCA Annual Lobster Races

At the Bar Harbor Athletic Field on Park Street, watch local businesses race their lobsters to benefit the MDI YMCA Scholarship Program. 

7:30-8:30pm  Bar Harbor Town Band

Enjoy a free concert on the Bar Harbor Village Green with the Town Band, a tradition for more than 100 years.

 8-9pm  Brass Venture

Move to Agamont Park for another free concert, this one by Brass Venture, a dynamic chamber ensemble.

 9:15pm (approximately)  Fireworks over Frenchman Bay

Marvel at the fireworks display on the waterfront as the Brass Venture performs Handel’s Fireworks.


After such a fun-packed day, you’ll need to schedule some downtime at Sand Beach.  Not so quick?  Well, for more ideas on what to do during your Bar Harbor vacation, including restaurant tips, visit OUR ACADIA.

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