Bar Harbor’s Fourth of July Festivities has been voted the #1 top Fourth of July celebrations in America by the Today Show, and recognized by National Geographic as one of the top ten in the U.S. as well. The long-held traditions and new vibrant additions have made the Fourth a very special and memorable day in Bar Harbor. With a full day of events, there are so many ways to enjoy the holiday, it’s no wonder that people love spending the Fourth in Bar Harbor. Follow all the activities with the hashtag #barharbor4th!
Schedule of Events
6AM-10AM Blueberry Pancake Breakfast
MDI Rotary Club, Bar Harbor Athletic Field, Park Street. Blueberry or plain pancakes, sausage, juice, milk and coffee. A fun morning feast for the whole family, and a great way to fuel up for the day ahead!
9AM-3PM Craft Fair/Marketplace
The Island Arts Association will hold a Craft Fair/Marketplace at the YMCA, 21 Park Street, Bar Harbor, Maine. We will have a wonderful selection of Maine crafts, including jewelry, quilts, photographs, pottery, and porcelain dolls. Please join us for a joint fund raiser for the YMCA and the YWCA. Please call the YWCA at 207-288-5008 for additional information.
10AM Independence Day Parade
The community shows off its patriotism and good humor. Parade route winds through downtown Bar Harbor from Main Street to Cottage Street to Eden Street to Mt. Desert Street to Ledgelawn Avenue. This year's theme is "Arts of America". The Grand Marshalls will be Sherry and Ivan Rasmussen. Sponsored by Machias Savings Bank and the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce.
11AM-2PM Seafood Festival
MDI Rotary Club, Bar Harbor Athletic Field, Park Street. Enjoy lobster, mussels, corn, strawberry shortcake and more at the area’s largest seafood festival!
After the Parade, MDI YMCA Annual Lobster Races!
Bar Harbor Athletic Field, Park Street. Watch local businesses put their lobsters to the test in a high-speed crustacean contest where guts and determination will reign supreme. Proceeds benefit the MDI YMCA Scholarship Program. For more information contact Tom Reeve at MDI YMCA, 207-288-3511.
3:30PM-9PM Live MusicFree concert series in Agamont Park leading up to the fireworks. With family-friendly tunes for dancing and listening as you wander by the harbor or stake out your seat for the fireworks! Featuring performances by The Blake Rosso Band, Gunther Brown, and Sly Chi!
7:30PM-8:30PM Bar Harbor Town Band
Free concert on the Bar Harbor Village Green, Main & Mt. Desert Streets. For over 100 years the Town Band, comprised of amateur musicians from around the region, has entertained thousands of locals and visitors.
9:15PM (approx.) Fireworks Over Frenchman Bay
Enjoy the spectacular display on the waterfront, downtown Bar Harbor. Sponsored by Ocean Properties and the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce.
The Fourth of July celebrations are supported by the generous donations of our local businesses and residents, please consider joining this effort by offering a contribution via the link below:
Click here to make a donation to the July 4, Celebration.