THOMASTON — UPDATE: The fireworks for tonight in Thomaston have been canceled for tonight and Sunday. This is the first time in recent memory that have been canceled — an unusual weekend all around.
CAMDEN — With an 80 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms in Thursday's weather forecast for Friday, July 4, and a 90 percent chance of the same Independence Day night, Camden's fireworks display has been canceled.
Staci Coomer, executive director of the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce, early Thursday afternoon announced the final decision on the status of Friday night's fireworks show, which had been set to touch off over Camden Harbor at 9 p.m.
She said that because of the forecast for rain and storms, the fireworks company alerted her they would have to cancel. In addition, the company won’t be able to work on the water Saturday, to run a rescheduled show, due to anticipated swells and dangerous sea conditions.
Camden's fireworks are set up and shot off of a barge in Camden Harbor. The barge is usually anchored between Dillingham Point and Curtis Island on the southwest side of the outer harbor.
As of Saturday morning, Searsport had decided to move its fireworks show to Saturday, June 12. Thomaston is still shooting for a fireworks show tonight, July 5.
Camden's Independence Day celebration was to include a free walking tour at 4 p.m. and a Music by the Sea outdoor concert at Harbor Park from 2 to 9 p.m. Both of those events are still going on as planned, though the venue for all of the musical performances has been changed.
The Camden Rotary Club's Music by the Sea Chairman Jonathan Goss said the concert series, with four performances, will go as planned July 4, now at the Rockport Opera House.
“We are looking forward to a great afternoon and evening of music and refreshments in Rockport,” said Joan Phaup, of Camden Rotary.
The Camden Rotary Club's annual Music by the Sea concert in Harbor Park and the Amphitheatre is free to the public. This year's concert includes four performances:
2 - 3:15 p.m. — The Muellers, Maine's family bluegrass band
3:30 – 4:15 p.m. — The Midcoast Community Band, marches, Broadway and popular tunes
5 - 6:15 p.m. — Reina del Cid, a spirited folk rock group from Minneapolis
7:30 – 9 p.m. — David Dodson and the Lowdown featuring John and Rachel Nicolas, event headliner with local musician and singer-songwriter David Dodson.
PenBayPilot.com will post changes to times and venues as they become available.