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Important Event Info

July 4th, 2013, (makeup date July 5th)

Event map (click on the image below to download a PDF of our event map):
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Street Closures and Parking Restrictions:
The East End Boat launch as well as Cutter Street and all the parking lots on Cutter Street will be closed from 10:00 p.m. July 3rd to 6:30 a.m. July 5th or 6:30 a.m., July 6th if a rain date is necessary. Boaters can access alternate launches nearby including the Falmouth Town Landing on Route 88 ($10.00 for nonresident, 207.781.7317), Bug Light Boat Launch in South Portland ($5 for resident, $6 for nonresident) and Portland Yacht Services (207.774.1067).

On-street parking will be restricted for the following streets from 7:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m., July 4th (extended to 11:00 p.m. on July 5th in case of rain date):

  • Eastern Promenade (both sides) from Morning Street to Washington Avenue 
  • Fort Allen Park (both sides) 
  • Walnut Street from the Eastern Promenade to Washington Avenue 
  • Mountfort Street from Congress Street to Fore Street (both sides). 
    There are a number of parking garages and lots just a short walk from the Eastern Promenade, to view a list or map, visit the city’s website.

At 11:00 a.m. on July 4th, the following streets will be closed to the public until 10:00 p.m. (rain date would extend closures to 11:00 p.m. July 5th) in order to maintain an emergency access route:

  • Eastern Promenade from Morning Street to Walnut Street 
  • Wilson Street from Morning Street to the Eastern Promenade 
  • Moody Street from Morning Street to the Eastern Promenade 
  • Congress Street from Morning Street to the Eastern Promenade 
  • Turner Street from Morning Street to the Eastern Promenade 
  • Quebec Street from Emerson Street to the Eastern Promenade 
  • Melbourne Street from Emerson Street to the Eastern Promenade 
  • Montreal Street from Willis Street to the Eastern Promenade 
  • Walnut Street from Willis Street to the Eastern Promenade

Munjoy Hill will be closed to all traffic at 4:00 p.m. on July 4th. Handicapped parking is available on a first come first served basis along Cutter Street and Fort Allen Park. Clearly marked handicapped vehicles will be allowed to pass the barricades until 6:00 p.m.. Drivers must approach Cutter Street from Fore Street to enter.


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 p.m.). Patriotic Pops begins at 7:40 p.m.

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.


Event Schedule:
July 3rd, 2013
10:00 p.m.
East End Boat launch, Cutter Street and parking lots closed to the public

July 4th, 2013
7:00 a.m.
East End Parking restrictions go into effect.

11:00 a.m.
Internal street closures (those bordering the Eastern Promenade) 

12:00 p.m.
Reading of the Declaration of Independence and Gettysburg Address by Former State Representative Herb Adams and Portland Mayor Michael Brennan.
Location: Longfellow House, 489 Congress Street.

12:00 p.m.
Vendors open with an assortment of food and crafts.
Location: Eastern Promenade between Congress St. and Moody St.

3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Live broadcast with Sandy and Teddy from the Eastern Promenade.

3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
"No Kid Hungry - Scoops for Kids" Ice Cream Festival. All-you-can-eat ice cream, gelato, and sorbet tasting. $5/tickets available day of the event. Proceeds benefit Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign to end childhood hunger here in Maine.
Location: Between Eastern Promenade and Cutter Street.

3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Too Tall Torrie Stilt Walker and Balloon Artist will be performing.
Location: Eastern Promenade.

4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
On the Move will be doing ZumbAtomic for kids.
Location: Eastern Promenade.

5:00 p.m.
VIP area opens.
Location: Cutter Street.

7:20 p.m.
Opening Welcome by host Bill Green.
Location: Stage on Cutter Street.

7:25 p.m.
Presentation of the awards to the Coloring and Essay Contest Winners by Lisa DeSisto, Publisher and CEO of Maine Today Media.
Location: Stage on Cutter Street.

7:30 p.m.
Winning Essay of "What Freedom means to me" is read.
Location: Stage on Cutter Street.

WHOM 94.9 Live Broadcast of the "Patriotic Pops Concert."

7:40 p.m.
Start of the "Patriotic Pops Concert" featuring Maestro Robert Moody and the Portland Symphony Orchestra with Special Guest Artist Don McLean.
Location: Stage on Cutter Street.


  • KEY - Star Spangled Banner
  • WILLIAMS - Music from The Patriot
  • WILLIAMS - Superman March
  • CUSTER - Medley from Star Trek
  • McLEAN - Vincent (Starry Starry Night)
  • RAVEL - "l'jardin feerique" from Mother Goose Suite
    underscoring the Gettysburg Address delivered by Steve Wood


  • WILLIAMS - America, the Dream Goes On
  • McLEAN - American Pie
  • LOWDEN - Armed Forces Salute
  • TCHAIKOVSKI - Overture to 1812
  • SOUSA - Washington Post March
  • ALFORD - Colonel Bogey March
  • SOUSA - Liberty Bell March
  • arr. STENBERG - Bowdoin Song Medley
  • Traditional - Maine Stein Song
  • arr. DRAGON - America, the Beautiful
  • BERLIN/ADES - God Bless America
  • SOUSA - Stars and Stripes Forever

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If you are interested in volunteering for the "Stars and Stripes Spectacular" please contact our Event's Coordinator Liv Tansley by e-mail at: info@july4thportland.org.