4th of July Festivities
Guest Blogger: Kate Bielinski
If you find yourself wondering what to do over the holiday weekend, look no further than Aroostook County. With fireworks, parades, fairs, and festivals, deciding which event to head to will be the hardest part of a fun-filled extended weekend. What 4th of July memories will you be making in the County?
Start the festivities early by attending Midnight Madness on Friday, June 29th. This all day affair takes place in the Market Square Historic District, beginning with the Community Market and live music. The grand finale is a fireworks show to kick-off the 4th of July weekend. Learn more here.
For a whole weekend of family fun, head to the The Agricultural Fair, happening July 1st through the 4th. Featuring over 25 games for kids and the young at heart, the fair also boasts livestock shows, a Demolition Derby, Truck Pulls, Mud Runs, Antique Tractor Pull, and a Lumberjack Competition. Learn more about events and ticket pricing here.
On Tuesday, the 4th of July, you can come watch the Houlton Parade, which begins at 10 am from the intersection of Main, Military, Station and Willard Streets, proceeding through Market Square and finishing where it began.
The Presque Isle Elks, Lodge #1954 is once again hosting the July 4th Community Celebration at Riverside Park (12 years and counting!). The celebration includes complimentary live music, games, a dunking tank, and a picnic featuring hot dogs, chips, popcorn, drinks, watermelon and shaved ice. The Elks Car Show on Riverside Drive, a popular event for car enthusiasts throughout Aroostook County, will begin at 10 am.
In Madawaska, the party begins on Friday with the 4th of July Beach Bash at Long Lake, part of the Music in the Park Series happening every Thursday from 6-8 pm in the summer. This week, enjoy live music Thursday and Friday night, Saturday starting at noon, and Tuesday on July 4th at 2pm. Fireworks go off at 10 pm on Saturday! See the full line up of musical guests here.
* UPDATE: Due to potential rain this weekend, Beach Bash fireworks will take place on Friday June 30th at 10pm at Birch Point beach. Saturday's events will now be held at The Multi Purpose Center in Madawaska.
Start your Friday night off with a Pet Show, Scavenger Hunt, and 8pm Movie (showing “Storks”) at Albert Michaud Park, before going into a fun-filled weekend full of activities in Limestone. Through the weekend enjoy the Rotary Golf Tournament, Antique Tractor Pull, Teddy Bear Picnic, “Hurricane” water fun from the Limestone Volunteer Fire Department, and a Patriotic Sing-along on Saturday, and the Color Run, Community Flag Football, Paint ’n Sip, and the judging of the Community Spirit Daze on Sunday.
Don’t worry about making dinner Monday night; head over to the Chicken Pie Supper at St. Louis Church or grab a bite from the food vendors at Party in the Park (going on 8 pm to midnight).
On the 4th, stay full until the downtown fireworks at 9pm by stopping by the Men’s Ham and Pancake Breakfast, Annual Chicken BBQ, or the many concessions stands. The parade takes place at 2pm followed by activities at the Albert Michaud Park.
Enjoy three days of Independence Day fun in Stockholm. Kick off the weekend on July 1st with a look into the town’s rich history at the Stockholm Museum before enjoying the Variety Show and dance at the American Legion Post at 7 pm. The festivities continue with a BBQ on July 2nd and conclude on the 4th with the parade at 10 am on Lake St, New Bridge Ribbon Cutting, and Mad River Duck Race. For more information, check out the Stockholm Museum Facebook page here.