The northern state of Maine is known for many things including the dramatic scenery of jagged coastline, the Kennebunk retreat of the past Bush presidents, blueberry jam and the fishing industry that produces highly-coveted lobsters and clams from the area. But, we think Maine should be noted also for its fine Maine fireworks shows that are set off with the low rolling mountains and picturesque waterways in the background. From Portland to Augusta to Bangor to Brunswick, there are plenty of professional Maine pyrotechnic shows to enjoy throughout the year.
Celebrate the nation’s birthday in the Maine Fireworks way by attending one of the good old-fashioned Fourth of July festivals across the state. Augusta features a Maine fireworks display at Mill Park while Bar Harbor features a day-long festival with parades, family fun and fireworks over Frenchman Bay while Brass Venture plays Handel's Fireworks. The Eastport 4th of July celebration is the largest in the state with events scheduled from Canada Day on July 1st through Independence Day on July 4th, 2011. Enjoy the Grand Independence Parade, fireworks over the Bay, free entertainment at Overlook Park, Navy ship tours, and contests and games for all ages. Carrabassett Valley, near the Sugar Loaf Ski Resort, also features a great event in Town Park with a children’s parade, family activities, live entertainment and fireworks shot up against the background of the mountain at nightfall. Other July 4th firework shows can be found in Bath, Bangor, Camden, Freeport, Kennebunk, Lewiston, Old Orchard Beach, Naples, Boothbay Harbor, Portland and more. Actually, in Old Orchard Beach, there are fireworks in the square every Thursday evening from late June through Labor Day – the July 4th show is extra special.
You can’t beat Sugar Loaf for winter-weather fireworks. At Sugar Loaf ski resort, a pyrotechnic display is presented by The Bank of Maine to celebrate the New Year – beautiful bursts explode over the Western mountains. Later in January, the resort hosts ‘Children’s Week,’ a fun family time for skiing and has a special firework display arranged to delight the kids. And, at the end of January, Sugar Loaf honors the Special Olympic athletes competing in the games with a Torchlight Parade and Fireworks show. Plus, the resort will feature fireworks for guests once again in February!
In Eastport, the city and surrounding area celebrates the New Year with the annual Sardine and Maple Leaf Drop from the Tides Institute and Museum of Art building in the heart of the downtown's public space, Bank Square. Because Eastport is poised just west of the Atlantic time zone, organizers arrange for two ‘drops’ both at midnight – but an hour apart. It can get pretty cold in Maine during the winter, but don’t let that put a damper on your firework watching fun. The Portland Pirates host a ‘Kid’s New Year’s Celebration’ where they celebrate the hockey season and the New Year with a spectacular indoor firework display at the conclusion of the game. This wonderful and warm event is the largest indoor firework display in all of New England. Speaking of sports, the Portland Sea Dogs, a minor league baseball team in the Eastern League, offer Friday Fireworks at Hadlock Field during baseball season.
Whether you are a Mainer or are just visiting the state, it’s always a smart idea research firework watching opportunities beforehand. At Visit Maine you can keep up-to-date on what is happening all over the state, including firework shows in the various cities. Maine is a unique destination in which to experience spectacular Maine fireworks with the majestic mountains and rocky sea in the background. The fireworks here are amazingly beautiful and will create memories to last a lifetime.