What’s Independence Day without a little sparkle? These towns are booming with patriotic spirit.
Eastport Fourth of July
This Down East town does Independence Day like no other in Maine. The five-day celebration includes everything from pancake breakfasts to a codfish relay race — but the grand finale fireworks show on the waterfront is a true stunner. July 4. Eastport Waterfront. eastport4th.com
Portland Stars and Stripes Spectacular
It’s only six years old, but this southern Maine celebration is already drawing crowds of 50,000 revelers. Start the evening with a free concert by the Portland Symphony Orchestra, then sit back for a world-class pyrotechnics display over the harbor. July 4. Eastern Promenade, Portland. july4thportland.com
Bar Harbor packs a lot into its single day of Fourth festivities: craft fair, seafood festival, parade, lobster races (no, not boats, just crustacean vs. crustacean), live music, and fireworks over Frenchman Bay. July 4. 207-288-5103. barharborinfo.com
Bath Heritage Days
Cap off Bath’s four-day festival (featuring a fireman’s muster, chili cook-off, and antique car show) with live music and brilliant fireworks. July 5. 207-442-7291. bathheritagedays.com