Event Info

July 4th Portland's "Stars and Stripes Spectacular" free concert and fireworks display will take place on Monday, July 4th with a rain date of Tuesday, July 5th at Eastern Promenade Park in Portland, Me. Come join us for a truly spectacular 4th of July!

Event Map
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Street Closures and Parking Restrictions

In order for the Festival to be held, a portion of the Eastern Promenade needs to be barricaded and closed to traffic.  The Festival area will extend:

Fore Street at Mountfort Street to Eastern Promenade, Easter Promenade to Washington Avenue, Washington Avenue to Congress Street, and Congress Street at Mountfort Street to Fore Street. Festival Area will include the Fort Allen Park area, the Eastern Promenade (including sidewalk areas on both sides of the street) from Morning Street to Loring Memorial near East End Community School, the Payson Park area, as well as Baxter Boulevard area, as many families take in the fireworks display from those areas.  

The following streets will be closed to vehicular traffic from approximately 10:00am to 10:00pm, on Monday, July 4th (July 5th Rain date):  Eastern Promenade at Morning Street, Wilson Street, Moody Street, and Congress Street.  Also, Morning Street at Eastern Promenade, Wilson Street, Moody Street, and Congress Street.

The following streets will be closed to vehicular traffic from approximately 3:00pm to 10:00pm, on Monday, July 4th (July 5th Rain date): Eastern Promenade at Turner Street and Walnut Street; Morning Street at Turner Street; Emerson Street at Quebec Street and Melbourne Street; and Willis Street at Montreal Street and Walnut Street.

All of Munjoy Hill and the Eastern Prom will be closed to traffic (from Washington Ave. up), starting at 4pm.  Street closures include Mountfort Street at Fore Street and Congress Street; Washington Avenue at Marion Street, Cumberland Avenue, Walnut Street, and Eastern Promenade. Streets will be opened up again after the fireworks display (at approximately 10pm).

With the addition of the PSO concert, Cutter Street will be closed to public traffic, including boat launching, on July 4th. This will begin at 10 p.m. on Sunday, July 3rd. In the event of rain, these street closings would be in effect for Tuesday, July 5th.

The Festival area will also be closed to street vendors pursuant to Section 19-17 of the Portland City Code and is reserved for the use of the Festival organizers and non-profit July 4th Portland for the purpose of administering the Festival. Festival organizers will charge a fee to the vendors to participate in the festival.  

The City Manager is also authorized to issue such other temporary licenses and temporary permits, including licenses for food service establishments and permits for sales of non-food related items, as may be required by the Portland City Code, provided that all applicable requirements of said code have been met regarding the operation of said event.

Event Schedule
Saturday, July 2, 2016

10:00 PM
First parking lot (right side of street) on Cutter Street closed to public

Sunday, July 3, 2016

10:00 PM
East End Boat launch, Cutter Street and remaining parking lots closed to the public

Monday, July 4, 2016

7:00 AM
East End Parking restrictions go into effect.

11:00 AM      
Internal street closures (those bordering the Eastern Promenade)

12:00 Noon
Public Reading of the Declaration of Independence by former State Rep. Herb Adams and viewing of the Dunlap Broadside copy of the Declaration (1 of 26 surviving copies) at Maine Historical Society, at 489 Congress Street.

Vendors open to the public along the Eastern Promenade

4:00 PM
Munjoy Hill closed to traffic

6:00 PM
Munjoy Hill closed to handicapped parking

Opening Ceremony

PSO Patriotic Pops Concert

9:20 PM
Fireworks show begins 

Listen to the broadcast of the "Stars & Stripes Spectacular" on WHOM 94.9

*Please note if the event is postponed due to inclement weather, all activities will resume at their scheduled times on the rain date. 

Suggested Viewing Spots:

The Eastern Promenade Park – Extremely limited parking on Munjoy Hill, attendees are advised to arrive early to ensure seating space (Munjoy Hill is closed to traffic at 4:00 PM). Patriotic Pops begins at 7:40 PM.

Back Cove/Payson Park – limited parking available at Baxter Boulevard parking lot (across from Hannaford), Payson Park, and the hillside at Cheverus High School.

Peaks Island – view the fireworks at the ferry terminal

Casco Bay – Boaters will be able to view the fireworks from the waters of Casco Bay. Questions regarding anchoring restrictions can be directed to the Portland Harbor Master on VHF-FM Channel 16 or 207.807.7156. Boaters are also reminded to adhere to water safety regulations including making sure that each passenger has a floatation device appropriate for the age and size of the passenger; the boat has working lights, and is equipped with a safety kit. Boaters should be mindful of Coast Guard restrictions in the area.

For more information:
If you are interested in volunteering, sponsoring, or purchasing VIP tickets for the "Stars and Stripes Spectacular" please contact our Event's Planner Liv Vega by e-mail at: info@july4thportland.org.