The Fourth of July in Thomaston will once again be a day packed with activities for visitors to enjoy. From fire trucks, food and fun to the fireworks in the evening, there will be a large variety of events to entertain young and old.

The youth one-mile road race starts at 8 a.m. on Beechwood Street, followed by the Firecracker 5K at 8:30 a.m. This year, the following local businesses have earned a place on the race T-shirts: Pik Qwik Thomaston, Athens Pizzeria, Lowe’s, Maine Printing, Mr. Tire, Rockland Ford, and The Slipway.

Other early morning events include a 7 a.m. pancake breakfast put on by the Masons, and the 9:15 a.m. Pet Show, sponsored this year by Fabian Oil. The Pet Show is held in front of the Lura Libby School, and is free to enter. Goody bags for each pet are provided by Loyal Biscuit. The craft tent opens at 9 a.m. and is located on the Masonic Temple grounds.

At 11 a.m., the Midcoast’s largest parade takes over Main Street in Thomaston. The old-fashioned parade will start at Erin Street, head south on Main Street toward Warren, and end at the high school. The Thomaston 4th of July Committee has selected Hank and Lucy Carey for the 2013 parade marshals. Thomaston will also be well represented by the Mr. and Miss 4th of July, graduating seniors Luke Rector and Emilee Cross. Parade applications can be downloaded from the website, or contact Julie Russo by email at to request a copy. The parade theme for 2013 is The Carnival is Back in Town! and prizes will be awarded for floats in the following categories: Closest to Theme, Most Humorous, Most Creative and Best Overall.

New in this year’s parade is a Kid’s Bike Brigade. To register, call Brenda Cotton at 354-6387. The Highlands Coffee House on Main Street in Thomaston is offering a free round top ice cream to all kids who enter with a decorated bike.

Post-parade, the prizes for floats will be announced from the main stage behind the business block. There will also be many activities and displays behind the business block. The 4th of July Committee Booth, sponsored by Midcoast Federal Credit Union, will be selling 50/50 raffle tickets, souvenirs, and glow-in-the-dark jewelry, to raise money towards next year’s event. Jeff’s Marine is sponsoring the chicken barbeque this year, whose proceeds also go to support the 4th of July. Many food booths are set up near the main stage, from Mike Mayo’s onion blossoms and cotton candy, to the Boy Scouts’ strawberry shortcake with hand-picked strawberries.

Afternoon events include music by Cowboy Billy, who will be entertaining with modern country on the main stage, while the Cod Adams Memorial Horseshoe Tournament, with cash prizes, gets under way at 1 p.m. Entry to the tournament is free. Two bouncy houses for children are also free again this year, thanks to Lyman Morse Boatbuilding. Children’s games of chance will raise money for next year’s event, with prizes sponsored by Brooks Trap Mill. Kyle, the balloon artist, will be delighting all ages with his creations. New to the activity lineup is a real dunk tank run by and for the Thomaston Recreation Department, and a caricature artist, Jesse Newcomb, who will be capturing likenesses in the afternoon.

Another new venture is East Coast Midways’ carnival. Rides ranging from The Sizzler to a Ferris Wheel and Fun House will start up after the parade, and will continue until the fireworks. Starting at 5 p.m., Thomaston’s own Freeze Frame will be playing a variety of danceable favorites until it is time to find a spot watch the fireworks display, which starts at 9:15 p.m. Russo encourages attendees to drop some change in the Fourth of July donation buckets which will be manned by volunteers at the entrances. In case of postponement due to rain or fog, the fireworks will be held on July 5.

Those who arrange this celebration of the country’s birthday are all volunteers, and the committee is asking for volunteers for all shifts. High School students can earn community service credits for helping on the event, and Billy’s Tavern has offered a free burger and beverage to the first 25 volunteers who sign up. To learn more, call Julie Russo at 354-8763, or email

The Committee has received contributions from many area businesses and residents, including Boston Financial Data Services, Muffie and Louis Cabot, Camden National Bank, Dragon Products, Haynes Galleries, Inc., and Fred and Molly Kellogg. The following businesses have made in-kind contributions, towards the day’s events: Beaver Enterprises, Chambers Jewelers, Henry Crane Service, R&D Trash Removal, and Thomaston Grocery.