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 6th or 6:30 AM. 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 AM until 11:00 PM, July 4th:

  • 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 AM on July 4th, the following streets will be closed to the public until 11:00 PM 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 PM on July 5th. 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:

July 4th, 2015

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

July 5th, 2014

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

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

12:00 PM
Vendors open to the public along the Eastern Promenade
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.

4:00 PM
Thames Street Parking lot opens on Commercial Street across from the Ocean Gateway Terminal.

4:30 PM
Narrow Gauge Railroad starts running with pick up at Ocean Gateway.

4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
“Scoop for Kids" Ice Cream Fest, Corner of Eastern Prom and Cutter Street.

5:00 PM
VIP tent opens.

5:30 PM
Middlesex County Volunteers Fifes and Drums concert in front of City Hall.

6:00 PM
Middlesex County Volunteers march up Congress Street to the Festival.
Dinner served by Famous Dave’s BBQ with cash bar.

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

7:40 PM
PSO Patriotic Pops Concert featuring Middlesex County Volunteers, Suzanne Nance and a spectacular fireworks display.

Key - Star Spangled Banner
Williams - Music from The Patriot
Trad. Arr. Erb - Shenendoah
Styne - “Don’t Rain on My Parade” from Funny Girl
Williams - Jarassic Park
Copland - “The Promise of Living” from Tenderland Suite
Accompanying - “On the Pulse of the Morning” by Maya Angelou


Kandor - A Letter from Sullivan Ballou
Lowden - Armed Forces Salute
Arr. Wilhouski - Battle Hymn of the Republic
Tchaikowski - Overture to 1812
Sousa - Washington Post March
Alford - Colonel Bogey March
Sousa - Liberty Bell March
Sousa - Semper Fi
Trad. - Maine Stein Song
Arr. Dragon - America, The Beautiful
Berlin/Ades - God Bless America
Sousa - Stars & Stripes Forever

9:20 PM(approximately)
Fireworks display begins

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



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.