Event Info

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July 4th Portland's "Stars and Stripes Spectacular" will take place on Saturday, July 4th, 2015 at Eastern Promenade Park in Portland, Me. Come join us for a truly spectacular 4th of July!

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 PM July 3rd to 6:30 AM 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-- parking will be restricted for the following streets from 7:00 AM until 11:00 PM, July 4th (extended to 11:00 PM on July 5th in case of rain date):

  • Eastern Promenade (both sides) from Morning Street to Washington Avenue 
  • Fort Allen Park (both sides) + Cutter Street 
  • 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 10:00 AM on July 4th, the following streets will be closed to the public until 11:00 PM (rain date would extend closures to 11:00 PM July 5) in order to facilitate the festival setup and 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

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

  • 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 PM on July 4th (Residents showing proof of residency will be permitted through barricades at base of Munjoy Hill). 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 PM. Drivers must approach Cutter Street from Fore Street to enter.


Event Schedule:

Friday, July 2nd
10:00 PM
First parking lot (right side of street) on Cutter Street closed to public .

Friday, July 3rd
10:00 PM
East End Boat launch, Cutter Street and parking lots closed to the public .

Saturday, July 4th (rain date July 5th)*
7:00 AM
East End Parking restrictions go into effect.

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

12:00 PM
Public Reading of the Declaration of Independence at the Maine Historical Society by former State Rep. Herb Adams and viewing of the Dunlap Broadside copy of the Declaration (1 of 26 surviving copies) in front of the Longfellow House at 489 Congress St.

2:00 PM
Vendors open to the public along the Eastern Promenade.

3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Scoops for Vets Ice Cream Festival at the corner of Eastern Prom and Cutter Street.

4:00 PM
Munjoy Hill closed to traffic

5:00 PM
VIP tent opens.

6:00 PM
Munjoy Hill closed to handicapped parking

7:00 PM
“Stars & Stripes Spectacular” Opening Ceremony.

7:40 PM
PSO “Patriotic Pops Concert” with Guest Artist Melissa Manchester begins!

9:20 PM
Fireworks show begins.

Concert Schedule:

Key - Star Spangled Banner
Williams - The Cowboys Overture
Silvestri - Music from Captain America
Melissa Manchester - Open My Heart To Your Love
Loggins/Manchester - Whenever I Call You Friend
Williams - Star Wars: Main Title


Copland - “Hoe Down” from Rodeo
Allen - Don’t Cry Out Loud
Lowden - Armed Forces Salute
Arr. Willhouski - Battle Hymn of the Republic

9:20 PM (approximately)

Tchaikovsky - Overture to 1812
Sousa - Washington Post March
Alford - Colonel Bogey March
Sousa - Liberty Bell March
Sousa - Semper Fi (3 minutes)
Trad - Maine Stein Song
Arr. Dragon - America,The Beautiful
Berlin/Ades - God Bless America
Sousa - Stars and Stripes Forever

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.