Fireworks, parades and and 4th of July BBQs—every town has a schedule of Independence Day events each year. But, if you’re looking for something a little different, here are some mid-week recommendations for cheap and fun happenings on the July 4 and 5.
Wednesday, July 4
Penobscot Marine Museum is hosting a cool little thing. Free for members or with the price of admission, they are having a model boat race in their pond and participants can bring their remote control and sailing pond models for a miniature Great Schooner Race. Goes from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. FMI: Facebook
The Right Track, a high-energy 11-piece R&B/funk/soul band with horns, strings, drums and vocals takes over the harbor from 5 to 6:15 p.m.. This is free to a funky, dancing public.
Oyster River Winegrowers is throwing a Pizza Night with pies from the Uproot Pie Co.’s wood-fired pizzas, Oyster River’s fermented wine and Tall Trees Snack Shop’s rustic desserts from 4 to 8 p.m. FMI: Facebook
Odd Alewives Farm Brewery is throwing a “Bivalves and Brews” event at the Skidompha Library from 4 to 6 p.m. Your $25 entrance ticket buys you your first beer, three oysters, and a front-row seat to the band 32 North. Try Osteria Bucci's delicious spinach pies available for purchase or The Village Grill Co pulled pork and chicken thighs. FMI: Facebook
Thursday, July 5
Belfast Summer Nights continues its outdoor street free music series with Fret Halligan and The Willy Kelly Band from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. FMI: Call 322-7123
Here’s something you don’t see every day: a lobster dinner paired with a psychic reading at Bay Leaf Cottages. Ideal for couples/partners, families, girlfriends night out, and individuals seeking to heal from loss or those curious about their life path. Join them for a traditional Maine lobster dinner; a 1.25 lb Maine lobster, drawn butter, potato salad, coleslaw, and iced tea. The price is $45.00 and includes dinner and reading. BYOB allowed. Desserts extra at $3.00-$6.00. Starts at 6 p.m. FMI: Facebook
Ales for Tails, P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center’s fundraiser pairs Simplicity Brewing with animal lovers with snacks and beers available for purchase from Simplicity Brewing Co. This dog-friendly event also has outdoor seating for a “sip back and relax” with proceeds benefiting P.A.W.S. from 4 to 7 p.m. FMI: Facebook
Come on out for a family-friendly, reasonably priced meal of pancakes, bacon, sausage, and maple hot dogs at the Simmons and Daughters Sugar House. Finish it off with a maple ice cream sundae or a maple whoopie pie and don't forget the maple cotton candy for the ride home. Starts at 5 p.m. FMI: Facebook
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