Friendship, Maine’s Annual Friendship Day is a wonderful, small town celebration in an authentic lobster fishing village. As with many summertime festivals along the coast of Maine, it features a pancake breakfast, parade, fireworks over the harbor and a chance to enjoy the fruits of the Maine lobster season – locally caught, new shell lobster. While a lobster bake is not a central part of Friendship Day, lobster rolls and cooked lobster are sold at various venues as part of the celebrations. This year’s festivities happen on July 29th, the week after the lobster boat races. Below is the Annual Friendship Day Schedule for 2017.
Annual Friendship Day Schedule – July 29th, 2017
7:00 a.m. – “Short Hall” Family Fun Run (registration at the Advent Christian Church starting at 6:30am).
7:00 – 10:00 a.m. – Pancake breakfast at the Advent Christian Church.
7:45 a.m. – “Long Haul” 5K Road Race (registration at the Advent Christian Church starting at 6:30am)
8:30 a.m. onwards – Bake sale and craft sale by the fire station / under the big tent. The bake sale will feature homemade pies, coffee, donuts and more. The craft sale offers the opportunity to watch, and try your hand at, rug hooking and basket making.
9:00 a.m. – Pet show.
9:00 – 11:00 a.m. – Lobster conservation educational session at the Marine Touch Tank. Diane Cowan will be there to help people learn about lobsters and answer questions.
10:00 a.m. – Parade through town. There will be a band performance after the parade.
11:00 a.m. – The Friendship Fire Department will be serving their famous Friendship lobster rolls. There will also be hotdogs, hamburgers, french fries and ice-cream on sale as well as food at Wallace’s Market and The Scoop.
11:00 – 1:00 p.m.– Kids games including a watermelon eating contest at 12 noon.
12:00 – 9:00 p.m. – Jameson Point Lobster Co. will be serving lobster rolls along with live and cooked lobsters.
1:00 p.m. – The Friendship Annual Action will take place in the Hahn Community Center. There will also be a magic show at this time in the children’s area and live music throughout the afternoon.
1:00 – 4:00 p.m. – The Friendship Museum will be open to visitors for tours.
2:00 p.m. – Whiffle Ball for 4-8 year olds in the recreational field across from Friendship School.
4:00 p.m. – Softball game between the Friendship and Cushing Fire Departments at the Friendship ball field.
4:30 p.m. – BBQ Chicken dinner and bake sale.
9:00 p.m. – Fireworks over the harbor.
There will also be music starting in the afternoon and extending into the evening.
If you make it to this year’s Annual Friendship Day, enjoy! If you’d like to read about more summer festivals along the coast of Maine, click here. If you’d like to look at the Maine lobster boat races schedule, click here.