I don't know of a town (though my dear friend Heidi would probably argue that Vinalhaven, Maine does it better) that celebrates Independence Day better than Bath, Maine. It is good old fashioned Americana at its finest, Maine-style. A four day festival that boasts:
- Maine's largest parade (Better get there early to get a good spot!)
- A boat parade--on the Kennebec River, of course!
- A Carnival--the kind we all have a love/hate relationship with...games, rides and, yes, cotton candy and fried dough.
- A Chili-Chowder Fest--a local competition between some of the area's finest restaurants)
- Fireman's Muster--an event which pits teams from five states with antique fire pump rigs)
- 5K Fun Run -- a fun run through the town's historic district
- The Front Street Shuffle--more than 125 antique cars will line nationally acclaimed Front Street.
- Strongman Competition--trolley pulling!
- Arts & Crafts Fair--features more than 30 Maine artisans!
- Fireworks over the Kennebec River.
- Children's Activities--a day just for kids, includes face painting, arts and crafts activities, bounce houses and more.
- Outdoor concerts--featuring Bath's Municipal Band (More on this another day...but this is one of my favorite Bath activities all summer long.) and good old fashioned American ballads on the lawn by the town's gazebo.
If you are within driving distance, I highly recommend checking this festival out. If not, well, I'll try to share some highlights (in photos, of course!) here.