The Eastport 4th of July Committee has completed this year's schedule, and a highlight of this year's festivities will be the presence of a U.S. Navy vessel.
"The U.S.S. Lassen will arrive on July 3," says Eastport 4th of July Committee Chairman Barbara McPhail. "There will be a public reception for the officers of the crew that day at 3 p.m. at the Eastport Port Authority Welcome Center. The residents of Eastport and the surrounding communities are encouraged to come and show their appreciation to our men and women in uniform. Let's give them a warm Downeast welcome!"
"Local musicians will be performing live on July 2 and July 3 at the downtown stage area," points out McPhail. "Pitch Black Ribbons is a unique blend of many different musical genres and Stillwaters Band will be performing new country and classic rock and roll."
"The 195th Maine Army National Guard Band will be performing on the Eastport Port Authority balcony just prior to the July 4 ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly rebuilt municipal breakwater," she adds. "This promises to be an excellent concert and very inspiring to all who have the opportunity to hear them. All is free and open to the public."
"Rubber duckies for the Rubber Ducky Race are available for sale at The First Bank," says McPhail. "This is an important fundraiser for the 4th of July Committee, and it's a whole lot of fun to cheer the duckies on as they race from the fish pier to the WaCo pier on Independence Day morning. Duckies will also be available for sale at the downtown stage area during various Old Home Week events."
"FlippenOut will be back with their high‑flying trampoline stunts on snowboards and skis," reports McPhail. "An added element of excitement to this year's show is 'the wall'. Those who watch the show this year will be holding their breath as these world‑class athletes reach record‑breaking heights."
"There will also be a special float in the Grand Independence Day Parade for all veterans who may wish to participate but may not be able to walk the entire parade route," says McPhail. "Eastport is a very patriotic city, and the sacrifices our veterans have made are never forgotten. Any veteran who wishes to participate in the parade, either marching or on the float, should be at the Eastport Fire Station by 1:45 p.m. on July 4."
The full schedule of events is as follows.
Saturday, July 1
The 150th Canada Day events at Deer Island Point include the annual Motorcycle Show n' Shine, barbecue and cake walk at 12 noon. A fireworks display will be at dusk.
Eastport events include the Charles E. Davis 7-mile race beginning at Perry corner at 9 a.m.; Canada Day Sailboat Race at 12 noon; frisbee contest at library park at 1 p.m, followed by the limbo competition there at 1:30 p.m.; bike races on Deep Cove Road at 3 p.m.; public reception for the officers and crew of the U.S.S. Lassen at the Eastport Port Authority Welcome Center at 3 p.m.; the country rib barbecue at the Cobscook Bay Resource Center at 111 Water Street from 5 to 7 p.m.; the highlighter dance at the Eastport Elementary School from 6 to 9 p.m.; and the moonlight movie Independence Day at the Sutherland Amphitheater at dusk.
Sunday, July 2
Among the events on Welcome Home Day are G-force laser tag for all ages, Gaga Ball, caricatures, face painting and henna tattoos at library park from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Events at Overlook Park include the children's cupcake decorating contest at 10 a.m.; watermelon eating contest at 11 a.m.; Little Mr. and Miss Fourth of July contest at 1 p.m; and pet show at 4 p.m. The remote control car/truck obstacle course will be held at 5:30 p.m. and will be followed by live music by Pitch Black Ribbons at 6 p.m. The big wheel race will take place from Cummings Garage to Overlook Park at 7:30 p.m.
Monday, July 3
Armed Services Day will include the Dale C. Lincoln Kids One-Mile Fun Run from the Boat School to the Dead River office at 9 a.m.; Border Historical Society auction downtown from 9 to 11:30 a.m.; the Tiny Tots Fair in library park at 9:30 a.m.; community portrait at 11:30 a.m. at the Sutherland Amphitheater; Miss 4th of July contest at Overlook Park at 12 noon; open house at the Labor of Love Nutrition Center and Garrapy Food Pantry from 12 noon to 4 p.m; strawberry shortcake sale at Peavey Memorial Library at 1 p.m.; gospel music by Glory Bound in library park at 1 p.m.; a book signing by murder mystery author Sarah Graves at 1 p.m. in front of Wadsworth's store; self-guided open house building tour at the Tides Institute & Museum of Art, 43 Water Street, StudioWorks at 48 Water Street, Veterans' Memorial Hall, 6 Green Street, Seaman's Church, 26 Middle Street, and North Church, 32 High Street. The firemen's muster will be on Water Street at 2 p.m. and codfish races downtown at 3:30 p.m. The Moose Island Follies will be performed at the Eastport Arts Center at 4 and 7:30 p.m. Other events are: FlippenOut trampoline show at Overlook Park at 5 p.m.; the SMHS Class of 1957 reunion at 5 p.m at the Seaview Campground; live country and rock n' roll music by Stillwaters Band from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Overlook Park. The SHS Class of 2007 will hold a reunion at the Eastport Chowder House, beginning at 7 p.m., and the Torchlight Parade will march through downtown at dusk.
Tuesday, July 4
The 241st Independence Day celebration will begin with a flag raising at the breakwater at dawn; blueberry pancake breakfast at the airport from 7 to 11 a.m.; Callithumpian Parade forming at the post office at 8:30 a.m; land sports downtown at 9 a.m. with the penny scramble immediately following; water sports at the fish pier at 10 a.m.; the Rubber Duckie Race from the fish pier to the WaCo Diner pier at 10 a.m.; Buddy Allen Car, Truck and Bike Show in Bank Square at 10 a.m.; blueberry pie eating contest at Overlook Park at 11 a.m.; fish chowder luncheon beginning at 11 a.m. at Christ Church Institute on Key Street; public crabmeat and assorted sandwiches at the Eastport Senior Center at 11 a.m.; the Doll Carriage, Wagon, Bike and Trike Parade, leaving from the post office at 12 noon; and Elvis Presley in concert featuring Mike Bravener at Overlook Park at 12:15 p.m.
The Grand Independence Day Parade begins at 2 p.m. Live music by the 195th Maine Army National Guard performing on the Eastport Port Authority balcony will begin at 5 p.m., and the ribbon cutting at the Eastport breakwater will be at 6 p.m. Barbara's School of Dance will perform at Overlook Park at 6:30 p.m., and the fireworks will be at dusk.