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Thomaston's 4th goes off with a bang

By Ryan Martin | Jul 08, 2019
Photo by: Ryan Martin Fireworks light up the sky in Thomaston July 4.

Thomaston — Thomaston held its annual Fourth of July celebration at the Business Block.

The parade began on Main Street and went from Erin Street to Booker Street. Featured in the parade were a variety of local police and fire vehicles, as well as local clubs and organizations; such as the Midcoast Peace and Justice Group and the Lincolnville Community Band. The Warren competitive cheering squad made an appearance, marching behind a sign from the peace and justice group that read, “We All Matter.”

The theme for this year's parade was “Dancing in the Streets” made evident by a float singing the hit song of that title.The air was filled with sirens, the sound of marching feet and cheering. Local businesses and museums, such as Pro-Concrete from Rockland, the Knox Museum, and the Sail, Power & Steam Museum, were also featured. The latter brought along a boat from its collection for the festivities. There were water guns spraying onlookers to relieve the heat, as well as a bearded pirate yelling and exciting the children.

Activities following the parade were held at the Business Block. Food stands filled the area, as well as stands for knickknacks and Maine Moose Tirds. Strawberry shortcake was provided by local Boy Scout Troop 215, and fried foods, fresh lemonade, cotton candy, ice cream, and a chicken barbecue were all available for purchase at their respective stands.

For the little ones, free face-painting, bouncy houses, and giant bubbles were made possible by local volunteers.

The Midcoast Community Band provided live music following the parade, and DJ Dan Miller turned up the heat with a dance party later in the evening. The Cod Adams Memorial Horseshoe Tournament was held at the fields near the former Lura Libby School.

After dark, the community gathered at the fields surrounding Lura Libby for a fireworks performance that had viewers of all ages cheering and clapping for more.

Thomaston holds its annual parade and celebration every 4th of July, with fireworks at night.

A float representing the Knox Museum is accompanied by marchers in period dress. (Photo by: Ryan Martin)
A bearded pirate entertains the crowd during Thomaston's Fourth of July parade. (Photo by: Ryan Martin)
Food stands set up behind the Business Block in Thomaston serve fried foods and sweets as the Midcoast Community Band plays in the background July 4. (Photo by: Ryan Martin)
The crowd settles in to watch the fireworks in Thomaston July 4. (Photo by: Ryan Martin)
(Photo by: Ryan Martin)
(Photo by: Ryan Martin)
(Photo by: Ryan Martin)
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