July 4th Weekend Plans

Team Cute Potato has guests in town this weekend, including a little guy, so we’re working our activities around his afternoon nap. That’s why we’re loving the sound of Kids’ Day in Bath (part of the city’s Heritage Days). This early morning event is dedicated to crafting, face painting and games under a big tent.

Kids’ Day Crafts in Bath

We’re also looking forward to checking out the Sandcastle competition on Sunday afternoon in Ocean Park, where families are challenged to build a Dream Cottage out of sand. We visited Ocean Park for the first time last fall, and we were charmed by this quiet, lesser known location near Old Orchard Beach.

The sandcastle competition at Ocean Park

Later that day, we want to catch a parade. Bath’s sounds intriguing, mainly because their parade is the state’s largest. We also like the quirky sound of Damariscotta’s Round Pond parade. But then there’s the little guy, who needs to be in bed at 1:00 p.m., so Freeport’s late afternoon Parade on Main Street sounds like our best bet.
Our small team might not be able to stay up for fireworks, but if we could, we’d check out the stunning show on Portland’s Eastern Prom, overlooking the water. The Portland Symphony Orchestra will be on hand at 7:40 p.m. to rouse your American spirit. Be warned: The crowds are big, so get to the hill before 6:00 p.m. for a seat.

Oh beautiful, indeed. The fireworks display in Portland

On Monday, we’re hoping to avoid the vacation crowds for a quiet day at Reid State Park in Georgetown. The family-friendly beach is expansive and drop-offs, especially when you have a lot of beach gear, are easy. Afterwards, we’ll treat our guests to Maine fare at Five Islands Lobster Company, which is popular with locals and tourists alike.

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  1. Howdy, Five Islands is one of my favorite places to eat lobster & the fresh fried clams whenever I get the chance to come home to maine, thanks for the post, brings back so many good memorys! Tim

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