ROCKLAND — The traditional Summer Solstice Street Party on Main Street — complete with live music, food, fun and family games — is on for today.

The street party will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 18 and will precede the Summer Solstice 5th Annual After Hours Dock Party at Journey’s End Marina at the end of Tillson Avenue, featuring a cash-only bar, live music, adult games, dancing, and food for sale from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The street party is family-friendly, while the dock party is strictly adults, 21 and older, with identification. Both events are free to the public. There is no cover charge.

The decades-long tradition for residents from all over the Midcoast region will bring hundreds of families – thousands of people – to a Main Street that will be closed to vehicular traffic. During that time, the street will be filled with pedestrians enjoying live bands, plenty of food, and fun for all ages.

“We are thrilled to be able to bring back this community celebration after having to cancel for the last two years” said David Gogel, Rockland Main Street, Inc. executive director.

One of the traditional attractions during the street party is the “Wayne Steeves Memorial Whoopie Pie-Eating Contest”, sponsored by Rockland Café, where registration begins at 4 p.m. and the contest begins at 6 p.m.

In addition to live bands and plenty of food options, festivities will include games and activities for children, art classes, and so much more.

Downtown shops will be open, and all of the restaurants are expected to be open for dinner.

During this rain-or-shine event, organizers have said that smoking on Main Street will be prohibited, and dogs must be kept on a leash.

Main Street will be closed to vehicular traffic from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. starting at the corner of Park Street all the way north to Summer Street, but the entire harbor will be accessible to vehicles via Park Drive and the Harbor Park entrance next to Mildred Merrill Park on South Main Street.

Park Drive will be open to provide complete vehicular access to Buoy Park, Lermond’s Cove, Journey’s End Marina on Tillson Avenue, the Landings Restaurant and Marina on Commercial Street. There will be no vehicular access to Main Street via the side streets between Park and Summer. Parking will be available behind the Thorndike block, accessible from lower Tillson, via Park Drive, in the Winter Street parking lot, also accessible via lower Tillson Avenue. Public bathrooms are located on Tillson Avenue.

The Annual Summer Solstice Celebration is produced by Rockland Main Street, Inc. Major sponsors are Journey’s End Marina, First National Bank, Loyal Biscuit Company, Botany, and Bud Light-Valley Beverage. For more inform, contact the executive director at or at 207-593-6093.