The city’s Fourth of July parade, which will take place at a new time and a follow a new route this year, will begin at 4 p.m. today

The parade will exit the State House parking lot, proceeding to State Street and Memorial Circle onto Water Street, across the Calumet Bridge to finish at Old Fort Western.

Local “Survivor” contestant Ashley Underwood will serve as grand marshal.

Music and other festivities will take place at Mill Park, including concerts by country band Emerald Sky following the parade, and rockers Zacc Tyler from 7:30 p.m. until the fireworks display.

There will also be bounce houses, wagon rides and food vendors at the park.

Fireworks will be launched from the riverside’s former Statler Tissue site.

Old Fort Western will open for public tours at 1 p.m. today.

The fort will also offer a traditional reading of the Declaration of Independence followed by the replacing of the British colors with the new American flag and a cannon being fired, a ceremony first performed in 1776 that has been reenacted at the fort for more than 50 years. The reenactment will take place following the city’s parade beginning at 4 p.m.

There will also be games and refreshments will be for sale. The fort will close at 6 p.m. Admission is free.

For more information, call 626-2385 or visit www.oldfortwest


The town will offer numerous Fourth of July activities today, most taking place in the downtown Belgrade Lakes Region on Route 27.

Activities include:

• Farmers’ market on Main Street and a flea market at 8 a.m.

• A book sale in the Village sponsored by the Friends of Belgrade Public Library, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; for more information, call 495-3508.

• The Jar Project at Spring Gallery, 81 Main St., at 10 a.m.

• A bounce house and face painting at the Village Peddler, Lakeshore Drive, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

• A book signing with Nancy Prince, who will sign copies of her children’s book “Libby’s Loons,” at the Village Peddler, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

• Children’s crafts at Pete’s Pig Southern Barbecue, 11 a.m.

• Lunch with entertainment by Lefty, Village Inn, at noon.

• A boat parade at noon; for more information, call 495-3700.

• A Fresh Taste of Greece, 78 Main St., 11 a.m.; for more information, call 495-3892.

• Strawberry shortcake and hot dogs at Union Church at noon.

• Preview of the new Maine Lakes Resource Center, 1:30 p.m.

• A parade at 4 p.m. with music by the R&B Hall Band.

• A chicken barbecue at Sunset Grille, 4-7 p.m.; for more information, call 495-2439.

• Free ice cream social, Center For All Seasons, 4:15-5:15 p.m.

• Frog jumping contest, Main Street and Hulin Road, 5 p.m.

• Music by the Rock & Roll Explosion, Village Inn parking lot, 5-9:30 p.m.; for more information, call 495-3553

• And fireworks, 9:15 a.m., on Long Pond, followed by music at the Sunset Grille.

The rain date for fireworks will be Tuesday. For more information, call Laura Richter at 242-9958.


The annual Fourth of July fireworks display sponsored by the Winthrop Area Chamber of Commerce will take place at dusk — around 9 p.m. — tonight at Norcross Point at the southern end of Maranacook Lake.


The town will offer a parade at 11 a.m. today, beginning on Gardiner Road and ending on the waterfront.

The parade — this year’s theme is “Waterfront Wonderland” — will feature grand marshals Doc and Nancy Schilke.

Following the parade, activities at the waterfront will include a chicken barbecue from 5 to 8 p.m. and a boat parade sponsored by the Wiscasset Yacht Club at 6 p.m.

Strawberry shortcake and ice cream will be served from 6 to 8 p.m. Music and dancing on the wharf will begin at 8 p.m. and fireworks will be launched from Sherman Park at dusk.

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