Island Independence Day Celebrations

Stonington Town Hall

On Friday, July 4th, the Deer Isle-Stonington Chamber of Commerce and the Towns of Deer Isle and Stonington will host this year’s Independence Day celebrations. These festivities are all part of a long-standing Island tradition that only gets better with age. 2014’s celebrations will deliver something truly spectacular, so be sure to take part!

What’s on this year: Local artist Frederica Marshall has designed t-shirts and hats commemorating the event, available to buy from Suzy’s Scissor Shack and the Stonington Town Office, and at the parade and Fish Pier. Be sure to grab one while you can, they’re absolutely great and sure to sell out quickly!

First thing in the morning, make it down to the Island Community Center to take part in this year’s walking and running events. Show up at 6:30 AM to register yourself. An hour after that, the walkers start, and at 8:00, the 10K and the Fun Run start.

Cool off after the exercise watching the parade, which, as always, will take place at Deer Isle Village this year at 10:00 AM, rain or shine. Enjoy the floats, the classic cars, and the feel-good atmosphere!

Lunch is served at the Masonic Hall on Sunset Rd. on Deer Isle this year from 12:30 to 2:00—make sure to bring your appetite, because delicious buttery Maine lobster is on the menu!

At 5:00 PM, stroll on down to Stonington’s Fish Pier for yet more excellent Maine seafood, live music, and Amazing Lou’s magic show for the kids! We’ve got a good list of vendors this year, selling all sorts of great stuff: the Clam Committee will be selling clam chowder; Terri Lee Jones will be selling hot dogs, burgers, and soda for the little ones; Odd Fellows will be selling crab rolls and Fisherman’s Friend will be selling lobster rolls; Island chef Kris Burrin will be selling tasty sausage sandwiches; the Methodist Church will be selling cookies; Tempest in a Teapot will be selling tea; Carter Seafood will be selling clams, shrimp, crab, and other assorted seafoods; the Ice Cream Lady will be selling ice cream; and, last but not least, Barr’s Beauties will be having a bakesale for Relay For Life—a cancer awareness fund.

At 9:00, when the sun’s gone down and the stars are starting to appear, and your stomach is fit to bursting, walk on up to Church Street, putt out on a boat in the harbor, or relax on Hagen Dock to a spectacular fireworks show. This year’s show is put on by Atlas PyroTechnics, and it’s sure to be the best one yet. The foul weather date is July 5th at 9:00 PM.

Deer Isle and Stonington are great places to be any day of the year, but especially so on July 4th, so come down and enjoy what we have to offer!

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75th Anniversary Celebrations and Bridge Walk, Deer Isle-Sedgwick Bridge, Saturday, June 21

Tomorrow, Saturday, June 21 is the 75th Anniversary Celebration of the Deer Isle-Sedgwick Bridge! It is also the first day of summer, and weather reports look great for a day out by and over the water.

The event will also mark the grand opening of Deer Isle’s new municipal park, Bridge End Park.

The bridge was dedicated on June 19, 1939. More than 7,000 people turned out that day for the ribbon cutting by Governor Barrows.

Here’s what you need to know to participate:

BRIDGE CLOSED from 10-11 A.M. for a FREE Bridge Walk and also a Fun Run (pre-registrations needed for Fun Run only, must register by 10 p.m. Friday night at : https://disbridgefunrun.eventbrite.com). ALL THOSE WALKING THE BRIDGE should park in designated parking on the SEDGWICK side and must start across the bridge no later than 10:30 a.m.! A shuttle bus will be provided to bring people from Bridge End Park back to parking in Sedgwick beginning when the bridge reopens at 11 a.m.

This is a BRIDGE WALK ONLY. NO WHEELS OR BANNERS, PLEASE.

Yes, you can walk from the Deer Isle side if you want to walk across and back! Please stay to the right if you are coming up from Deer Isle and watch out for the runners!

PARKING ONLY handicap and vendor parking will be allowed in Bridge End Park. Please give yourself time to walk to the events at the Park! All other parking will be:

on the Deer Isle side: around the Chamber of Commerce information booth and Blastow’s Cove Rd toward Little Deer Isle. The Deer Isle Fire Department will be closing the road to the bridge off at the Info Booth from 10-11 a.m. Parking on Rt. 15 toward the Causeway on the NORTH SIDE ONLY.

on the Sedgwick side: in a designated lot near the bridge; along the west side of Rt. 15; and along Herrick Road.

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES IN THE PARK, 10 AM – 2 PM:

  • Bridge Re-dedication and Park Grand Opening Speaking Program, 11-11:30. Includes music by the Deer Isle-Stonington High School Band. Master of Ceremonies: Hancock County Commissioner Percy “Joe” Brown.
  • Food and Information Booths
  1. Lobster Bake by the Deer Isle-Stonington Chamber of Commerce
  2. Mia’s Springrolls
  3. Nostrano BBQ Ribs and More
  4. Peas in a Pod: Ready by 21
  5. Skip Eaton Paving & Construction Pig Roast
  6. Tempest in a Teapot
  7. Bridge End Citizens Initiative
  8. Deer Isle-Stonington and Sedgwick Historical Societies
  9. Island Community Center
  10. Island Heritage Trust
  11. Island Nursing Home
  12. Opera House Arts

FACILITIES

There will be one handicap accessible port-a-pottie, plus a pit toilet and three additional port-a-potties AT THE PARK ONLY.

Seating for the Speaking Program is not provided: please bring blankets and lawn chairs!

There will be several picnic tables at the park.

There will be garbage cans at the park but, in general, please pack it in and pack it out!

Thank you and Enjoy the Day!