The 2014 Thomaston 4th of July parade theme is Made in the U.S.A.

The 4th of July Committee chose this theme to showcase the U.S.A.'s products and people. Entering a float in the parade is free. Applications can be found online at All floats entered will be eligible to win prizes in the following four categories: Closest to the Theme, Most Humorous, Most Creative and Best Overall. The prize for each category is $100.

Thomaston has been celebrating Independence Day with a parade, for more than 30 years. Each year, thousands of people line the streets to see the town’s 4th of July parade. Floats have always been one of the most popular entries, and have traditionally been created by groups of friends, family, co-workers, organizations, businesses, church families or neighbors working together to be part of the festivities. “We are especially looking forward to seeing the creative floats highlighting the best of our local community!” is the enthusiastic encouragement offered by Julie Russo, Committee Chairman. The most popular platforms for floats are pickup trucks or flatbed trailers. Other more unusual options which have been seen on the parade route in the past are horse drawn wagons and lawnmowers towing small trailers.

Kari Brooks of Thomaston, has been entering floats in the Thomaston parade for five years. Brooks enjoys creating a float that embraces the parade theme. When asked why she continues to enter floats, “I’ve always liked to do it. It is so much fun. I hope it brings enjoyment to everyone.” She continued, “A couple of years ago a few of my classmates got together and we created and entered a float. That was fun!”

Brooks floats have won awards each and every year. She said, “I love getting the reactions from the crowd. One of the most rewarding floats I entered was the year that it had been raining for weeks. We were all discouraged with the weather. We created a float with a camping theme and in the middle was a huge yellow sun. Everyone clapped for the sun and by the end of the parade the real sun was out and shining. The crowds loved it and clapped and clapped. That was rewarding making the people smile! That is the reason I do it.”

In addition, children can ride their decorated bike in the Kid's Bike Brigade. Everyone who enters a decorated bike wins a free ice cream treat, courtesy of Wal-Mart. More information on the Bike Brigade can be obtained by calling Brenda Cotton at 354-6387.

Follow the events on Facebook at Thomaston Maine 4th of July Celebration. To volunteer for other activities, contact Julie Russo at 354-8763.