Rockland Main Street, Inc.’s Summer Solstice Celebration returns Saturday, June 17, following the one-two punch schedule introduced last year.

From 4 to 7 p.m., a downtown family fun street party will fill Main Street, which will be closed to vehicular traffic. From 6 to 10 p.m., there will be a 21-and-older Dock Party at Journey's End Marina, end of Tillson Avenue. Both events are free, although donations are welcomed to support the popular kick-off-the-summer festivities. There will be food vendors at both events; and a cash-only bar at the dock party.

During the 4 to 7 p.m. street party, there will be live music provided by several bands, as well as dance performances and street mob events. From 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, cartoons from the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s will run continuously at the Strand Theatre; attendees can come and go as they like. Admission to the Strand is free, thanks to support from Camden National Bank.

During the rain-or-shine street party, smoking on Main Street will be prohibited and dogs must be kept on a leash. Main Street will be closed to vehicular traffic from the corner of Park Street to Summer Street.

Dancing at the 6 to 10 p.m. dock party will be fueled by DJ Dan Miller and live music by Just Teachers, founded in May 2008 by staff members at Camden-Rockport Middle School. Three of the founding members are still with the band — Adam Bullard, Matt Smith and Ian McKenzie; in 2012, Piet Lammert joined the group; and Lucas Benner became the full-time bassist in 2013. Band members are still all educators: Bullard teaches math at the elementary/middle level; McKenzie is a technology integrator/instructor; Benner teaches high school science; and Smith and Lammert are assistant principals.

For more information on these annual community events, visit Rockland Main Street’s event page.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or