THOMASTON — The Thomaston Fourth of July committee has put its creative thinking hats on and has devised a safe way for residents to celebrate the holiday despite the pandemic.
“We encourage everyone in Thomaston to show their creativity and patriotic colors by decorating their homes and businesses for the week of Monday, June 29 through Monday, July 6,” said Brooks Stevens. “This will allow people in our community and visitors to see your work (from a safe distance) and to share in the joy as they go about their daily lives.”
The committee encourages decorations to be enhanced with costumes and live action from 9 a.m. to noon on July 4 when anonymous judges will walk, jog and drive through town to select winners in four categories: most patriotic, most humorous, most creative and on the theme of 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.
Display registration details will be forthcoming, and the committee encourages videos and photos be submitted so the committee can share content to social media.
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 bragging rights for winners.
“More importantly, we hope that we can put some hope, joy and fun back into the heart of our community which has suffered greatly during this difficult time,” said Stevens. “So, get out the whiteboards and put your thinking caps on and let's do the best we can to make sure we all have a safe and fun Thomaston 4th of July.”
“We, like you, are bummed about the current circumstances surrounding the Coronavirus, and the subsequent social distancing protocols,” said Stevens. “This means that we are not going to be able celebrate the 4th of July, as has been the Thomaston tradition for many years.”
Like other festivals across the state, traditional activities have been canceled.
The road race, parade, fireworks and other festivities that would have brought large groups of people together are canceled.
“We look forward to seeing the amazing Town of Thomaston and all her visitors celebrating in full force in 2021,” Stevens said.