The calendar changes to July and wow things start heating up and summer time really starts to roll with so many festivals, special events and activities to do! That is how it feels at least in Rockland and Camden area of Midcoast Maine. The first week of July jumpstarts the summer
season and to help that jump start the Berry Manor Inn offers a great 4th of July summer package with savings up to $240 for a four night stay!
There are a number of things that you can do leading up to enjoying the fireworks and festivities for the 4th of July in Maine. The Rockland/Camden area has day sails on schooners, lobster trips, island hopping, kayaking, Paddleboarding, birding, puffin and lighthouse cruises, biking, hiking and beaches; Farnsworth Art Museum, Maine Lighthouse Museum and the Owls Head Transportation Museum; five wineries, lighthouses, olive oil tastings, shopping, galleries, potters, microbreweries and craft beers; fabulous restaurants, lobsters, lobster rolls, lobster salads, lobsters and more lobsters. Are there enough things to keep you busy?
On top of all of the usual summer activities that are offered in the area there are many special events July 3rd through July 6th for the Independence Day celebration. These activities take place throughout the region – Thomaston, Camden, Rockport, Rockland and Lincolnville.
If you are into your lobster perhaps you would enjoy a Lobster Lover’s Cooking Class at Cellardoor Winery on Thursday, July 3rd where you will learn to prepare an innovative 4-course lobster dinner or a festive evening or wines, tapas and live jazz music on July 5th at the Winery? Reservations required for both events.
On July 3rd the Strand Theatre in Rockland will be celebrating its anniversary. This annual party is always fun and creative. They usually have some sort of party in the street prior to featuring a classic film. In the past it has been Grease, South Pacific, West Side Story and a silent film with music accompaniment. During this week, Bay Chamber Concerts will open it s Summer Festival with a wonderful concert also.
Specifically on July 4th (weather permitting) there will be fireworks to the south and north of Rockland.
The town of Thomaston will host its old fashioned 4th of July celebration as it has for over 100 years. Step back in time and spend the day enjoying an old fashioned parade with veterans marching, fire trucks and floats, a 5k road race, craft tent, children’s games, dunk tank, all types of music, a horseshoe tournament and a chicken BBQ on the town’s square. That evening they will hold their fireworks display (weather permitting). It is a great day of old fashioned fun! A few miles to the north, the town of Camden will also be holding its 4th of July celebrations with fireworks, parade, entertainment, outdoor concerts at the amphitheatre and a day of other fun activities. There are also several fireworks cruises for both of the towns’ fireworks displays. They book early so make reservations if this is something you would like to do. Monhegan Boat Line provides a Firework Cruise for Thomaston’s display and several schooners out of Camden and Rockport do firework cruises including the schooners Olad, Surprise, Appledore and Heron.
July 5th, the 37th Annual Great Schooner Race of tall ships will take place. Over 20 of the historic windjammers, schooners and daysailers participate in a race from Islesboro to Rockland for bragging rights. You can hop on one of the daysailers to help crew and cheer on the boat or you can walk out to the end of the Rockland Breakwater and cheer all of the boats on to the finish line.
On July 5th and 6th, the Owls Head Transportation Museum will hold its Fabulous 50s
and Sensational 60s classic car and antique airplane show featuring Woodies, Thunderbirds, Corvettes and too many big finned cars to mention. This is a great museum and the weekend events promise fun for the entire family.
To join the celebration book your July 4th Special four night stay at the Berry Manor Inn and save up to $240. Now that is something to shoot off fireworks for!!