Eastport’s 4th of July celebration, which regularly gets voted as one of the best in Maine, stretches over several days and includes a codfish relay race, blueberry pie eating contest, water sports and a fantastic fireworks display over the harbor. Here are highlights of the Eastport 4th of July schedule for 2019.
Eastport 4th of July Schedule 2019
Monday, July 1st – Canada Day
10:00am – Opening of Craft Fair and Vendors
1:00 – 1:30pm – Frisbee and libo competitions in Library Park.
3:00pm – Bike races from the boat school to the fire house.
5:00 – 7:00pm – BBQ at 110 Water Street.
Dusk – On Deer Island there will be fireworks at Deer Island Point Park.
Tuesday, July 2nd – Welcome Home Day
10:00am – Kids cupcake decorating contest at Overlook Park.
11:00am – Watermelon eating contest at Overlook Park.
1:00pm – Little Mr and Mrs 4th of July contest at Overlook Park.
4:00pm – Pet show at Overlook Park.
5:00pm – The U.S.S. Stout, DDG-55 Navy Ship will be arriving at some point during the day. At 5pm there will be a public reception for officers and crew of the ship at the Eastport Port Authority Welcome Center.
6:30pm – Basketball game between the crew of the U.S.S. Stout and the Ozzie’s All-Stars local team at the Shead High Auditorium.
7:30pm – Big Wheel races at Overlook Park. Participants must be 16 or older.
Wednesday, July 3rd – Armed Services Day
9:00am – Kids one mile fun run from the Boat School to Dead River, Key Street.
9:00 – 11:30am – Quoddy Maritime Museum Auction in front of museum.
12 noon – Miss 4th of July contest at Overlook Park.
12:30-3:00pm – Pan-Seared scallops will be served by Cobscook Bay Resource Center at the Head of Breakwater
1:00pm – Strawberry shortcake sale at Peavey Memorial Library as well as a book signing by local author Sarah Graves.
2:00pm – Fireman’s muster on Water Street.
3:30pm – Codfish relay race on Water Street.
4:00pm – Moose Island Follies at the Eastport Arts Center on Washington Street. Tickets range from $15 to $30. Another show happens at 7:30pm.
6:30 – 8:30pm – Live music at Overlook Park
Dusk – Torchlight parade from the Post Office to Motel East.
Thursday, July 4th – Independence Day
Sunrise – Flag raising at Breakwater
7:00 – 11:00am – Blueberry pancake breakfast at the Eastport Municipal Airport.
8:30am – Calithumpian parade.
9:00am – Children’s races and penny scramble on Water Street.
10:00am – Water sports and rubber duck race at Fish Pier.
11:00am – Blueberry pie eating contest at Overlook Park.
11:00am – Crabmeat sandwich and fish chowder for sale at various establishments.
12 noon – Bike, trike, wagon and doll carriage parade between the Post Office and Bank Square.
1:00pm – Parade bands in concert at Library Park.
2:00pm – Grand Parade. The 2019 Eastport 4th of July parade theme is “Old Home Week – Where Fun Things Happen.”
6:30pm – Dance performance at Overlook Park
Dusk – Eastport 4th of July Fireworks over the waterfront.
There will also be other live music throughout the day on the 4th of July in Eastport.
Saturday, July 6th
7:00 – 8:30am – Registration for the Charles E. Davis 7.0 running race at Shead High School.
9:00am – 7 mile road race, starting from Perry Corner and finishing at Bank Square.
10:00am – 3:00pm – Summer Workshop Series on Stone Casting with Richard Klyver who created the Eastport Mermaid sculpture. The workshop costs $40 and includes all supplies.
8:15pm – Moonlight Move at the Sutherland Amphitheater. The 2019 movie will be Miracle on Ice.