Thomaston 4th of July schedule of events

Jul 02, 2014
Photo by: Dagney C. Ernest Civil War reenactors take to the streets of Thomaston during the 2013 parade. The 2014 parade begins at 11 a.m.

Thomaston — The day's events start early with a pancake breakfast at the Masonic Hall, a craft tent, a pet show, parade, chicken barbecue, food and vendor booths, games for kids, free dunk tank, free bouncy houses, horseshoe tournament, musical entertainment, and fireworks. Many activities are behind the business block. Kiddie rides from East Coast Midways Carnival return this year.

7 a.m. — Pancake breakfast will be served in the Masonic Temple located on Main Street in Thomaston.

7 to 8 a.m. — Kids One Mile Fun Race and 5K Firecracker Race sign up. Sign up for the races will be on Beechwood Street by Route 1, in front of Water Dog Tavern. Free entry for kids under age 12 and T-shirt prizes.

5K Firecracker Race entry fees. $15 pre-registration, includes guaranteed T-shirt. Pre-register online at, or download the registration form below, and mail in with payment; must be received by June 20 to guarantee T-shirt. $20 day of race, may include T-shirt (first come, first served). Download Firecracker Races Registration Form printable pdf to print out.

8 a.m. — 1 mile Fun Race starts on Beechwood Street.

8:30 a.m. — 5K Firecracker Race starts on Beechwood Street.

Parade staging for the parade will be located on Dwight Street by the town cemetery in Thomaston. The theme is "Made in the U.S.A.!" For a parade application, email Julie Russo at , or go to to download and print out Parade Application. pdf and Directions 2014. pdf.

9 a.m. Craft Tent opens. Open until 4 p.m., behind the Masonic Temple building.

9:15 a.m. Pet Show, located behind the Thomaston Business Block, in front of Lura Libby School. Volunteers Steve Seekins and Naomi Howe put the animals through their paces. Humane Society of Knox County's volunteers will assist. Loyal Biscuit sponsors the show prizes — special treat/goodie bags for pets. Thank you to all!

11 a.m. — 4th of July Parade. Staging area for the parade will be by the town cemetery in Thomaston, starting at 8:30 a.m. The parade will head out Erin Street where it will enter Main Street and move South through town center. It will disband at Booker Street.

Noon — After the Parade-Opening Ceremony with local elected dignitaries, singing of the National Anthem, introduction of marshals and Mr. and Ms. 4th of July, announcing of parade prize winners.

Booths Open. All booths open. Large variety of food, face painting, souvenirs. Glow-in-the-dark jewelry goes on sale at 4th of July Committee booth before fireworks.

Carnival opens. East Coast Midways Carnival will provide children's rides. Located at the Farm Team Ballfield next to Lura Libby School. Hours: Thursday, 5 to 10 p.m.; Friday, noon to 10 p.m.

Chicken Barbecue will be located behind the business block until sold out. This barbecue is put on by volunteers. All proceeds support 4th of July festivities.

Dunk Tank, located behind the Thomaston Business Block. Sponsored by Thomaston Recreation Department.

Raffle tickets go on sale for handmade table at the 4th of July Committee Booth behind the block in Thomaston. Table made and donated by Francis Farley of Thomaston. Winner announced during evening band intermission.

Two bouncy houses, Free for children — a Giraffe and The Edge. Fun for all from after the parade, until 8 p.m. All donations go to the 4th of July festivities.

12:30 p.m. — Hot dog eating contest, sponsored by Bob's Big Dawgs.

1 p.m. — Cod Adams Memorial Horseshoe Tournament behind the business block on Lura Libby School field. Free to enter. All donations support the 4th of July. Prizes provided by the estate of Cod Adams, longtime beloved director of the annual horseshoe tournament.

5 p.m. — Local band Animal House will play until 9 p.m., leading us up to the fireworks finale!

8:30 p.m. — Raffle winner announced. Listen for announcements of raffle prize winner between song sets.

9:15 p.m. — Fireworks

In the event of rain or fog, the fireworks will be rescheduled to July 5.

Comments (1)
Posted by: Lynn Snow | Jul 02, 2014 10:45

This year's Firecracker 5K will be held in memory of past race director, Dan Allan. Online pre-registration for the 5K will remain open through Thursday evening @ The kid's 1 mile fun run (12 and under) will start at 8 AM followed by the 5K at 8:30 AM.  Day of race registration, $20, will be from 7 - 8 AM in front of Water Dog Tavern. Both runners and walkers are encouraged to participate. We ask that the course be clear by 10 AM in preparation for the parade.

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