The Rockport 125th is celebrating with a parade Saturday, July 30, through Rockport Village. The parade begins on Union Street at 12:45 p.m. The parade will go from the Post Office down Union Street, Central Street, across the Goose River Bridge, along Pascal Ave. to West Street. It will conclude at the former Rockport Elementary School site on West Street, where there will be ice cream for everyone, dished up by the Rockport Select Board.

Drivers are encouraged to find alternative routes for approximately 45 minutes, while the parade closes a portion of the aforementioned roads.

The Rockport 125th Parade, organized by Marlene Hall and Gary, is a once-in-a-lifetime celebration of community, and the town’s historic incorporation in 1891. Parade participants include the U.S. Coast Guard, Maine State Police, American Legion and Knox County Sheriff color guards, as well as horses, Anah Highlanders, bicycles, puppets, floats, Motorcycle Mamas, Sparky the Fire Dog, and lots of fire trucks and ambulances.

Police are advising that there will be traffic delays in Rockport Village from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The parade is part of the larger weeklong celebration of Rockport, and the public is invited to it all.

The week includes a community dance at the Samoset, a Maine Pro Musica concert, a big and creative parade through Rockport Village, a free Bay Chamber Jazz Concert at Marine Park, bluegrass jam and sing-along with Miners Creek, a cardboard box boat race at Rockport Harbor, and community dinner on the Goose River Bridge. It’s all happening in Rockport.

Last February, Rockport marked the anniversary of its 1891 separation from Camden with pomp and ceremony, as well as three days of fun that included a Blood Feud Blood Drive, Fireside Chat with Elders, dinner, children's theater and dance.

The Celebrate Rockport summer schedule is as follows (For up-to-date details, visit

July 29

A dance party for the entire community at the Firefighters Ball, Samoset Resort, Rockport, with great food and music of the popular band Creatures of Habit. Begin with happy hour on the Samoset's patio, overlooking Penobscot Bay, and then head for the ballroom to kick up your heels.

Tickets available at the Rockport Town Office, 236-9648; Rockport Fire Department or

July 30

1 p.m. Rockport's 125th Community Parade through Rockport Village.

The parade – with floats, color guards, dignitaries, horses, bagpipes and music, firetrucks and more — will begin at Graffam's Seafood Shack and head down Union and Central streets, travel across the Goose River Bridge to Pascal Ave., turn right onto West Street and will finish at the former Rockport Elementary School site.

At RES, there will be ice cream for all.

7:30 p.m. Evening Concert with Maine Pro Musica. Music from "Frozen," "Stars and Stripes" and more at the Rockport Opera House. Maine Pro Musica is a professional orchestra that brings together musicians living in Maine to perform throughout the state.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students 18 years and younger. The box office at the Rockport Opera House will be open the day of the concert at 6 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased at Leonard’s Clothing Store, 23 Elm St., Camden. Proceeds for this concert will go towards Maine Pro Musica’s free educational concerts in the fall. For more information, call 956-0876 or visit online at

Aug. 4

Jam and Sing-Along in the Barn with Miners Creek Band, at Barnswallow Books, 166 Russell Ave, 5:30 to 8 p.m. Miners Creek Band and Barnswallow books will host an evening of home-grown music. The evening will include a bluegrass jam and sing-along. All acoustic instruments and skill levels are welcome.

Miners Creek will be leading a sing-along of old work songs from the early days when folks used song to aid in the sailing of ships and sowing of fields. Light refreshments will be provided by Barnswallow Books. The event is free.

Aug. 7

11 a.m.: Cardboard Box Boat Race, Goodie's Beach, Marine Park. Guidelines for this special and creative event available at the Rockport Harbor Master's office at Marine Park.

5 p.m.: Jazz on the Water, a free concert at Rockport Marine Park, courtesy of Bay Chamber Concerts and in memory of Irene and Billy Wolf.

Features the Creative Ensemble Collective with with saxophonist Donny McCaslin, a David Bowie collaborator, who will perform with an ensemble of artists from around the world brought together by the Creative Ensemble Collective, a nonprofit fostering exceptional and diverse music.

6 to 9 p.m.: Goose River Bridge Dinner. Tickets, at $35 per person, are on sale for this catered community dinner that will take place outdoors, on the bridge. Get tickets at the Town Office, or online at