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Thomaston gets creative for Independence Day

May 22, 2020

Thomaston — Like so many other of the great Maine festivals and celebrations, The Thomaston Fourth of July committee had to err on the side of caution, and have made the decision to cancel the road race, parade, fireworks and other festivities that would have brought large groups of people together.

Instead, the Thomaston Fourth of July committee is offering a pandemic-friendly contest to commemorate Independence Day 2020.  Everyone in Thomaston is encouraged to show their creativity and patriotic colors by decorating their homes and businesses for the week of Monday June 29 through Monday July 6.  This will allow people in our community and visitors to see the displays from a safe distance and to share in the joy as they go about their daily lives.

Participants can enhance their decorations with costumes and live action from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday the Fourth of July, when anonymous, volunteer judges will walk, jog, drive — by land or sea —throughout town. The judges will select winners in four categories:  Most Patriotic, Most Humorous, Most Creative, and Maine: 200 years of Independence.  There will also be a People’s Choice Award where everyone can vote online throughout the week for their favorite display. details on how to register your display can be found on the Thomaston Fourth of July Celebration Facebook page and the local papers. Send in videos and take pictures to post to Facebook so that people can enjoy from home too.

There will be $100 gift cards from local businesses given out as prizes for each category, a special prize basket for the People’s Choice award and lots of bragging rights for the winners. More importantly, the people of Thomaston can put some hope, joy and fun back into the heart of the community, which has suffered greatly during this difficult time.  So, get out the whiteboards and help Thomaston have a safe but fun Fourth of July.

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