by Esther J. Perne
Fourth of July at Belgrade Lakes
We sit on a blanket holding hands
Boat lights and fireflies twinkling at dusk
The Fourth of July entrances us all
Another American birthday party.
by Kay Overfield, Northbay Lane, Great Pond
The 4th of July, 2012: a special holiday
Want an impromptu outing? Water is the perfect setting. Pick out a park or a public boat landing and linger by a lake or river. Pack a picnic, swim, rent a boat or canoe.
Want to be alone? Remoteness reigns among the many preserved lands, the byways, the country roads and trails. Hike, walk, drive to a scenic overlook
Want a simple celebration? A cookout with family and friends is the fare of the day. Do it at home or discover a park or picnic area.
Want a formal festival? There are many family-oriented outings on the 4th of July calendars — music, games, food, parades and fireworks are just a sample of the fun.
For Belgrade, the 4th of July is the leading celebration of the year — on the water, on land, and with a fireworks finale in the sky. Daylong sales, concessions, and children's activities throughout Belgrade Lakes Village start in the morning and continue into the afternoon and evening. Highlights are a book sale to benefit the new Belgrade Library, a bounce house, face painting and crafts for children, strawberry shortcake at Union Church and live music along Main Street.
At noon, the Annual Boat Parade takes place on the Belgrade Stream. Spectators are invited to view this unique display of decorated boats, canoes, kayaks and sometimes even an amphibious car from lawns along the waterway.
There'll be live music until dusk when a spectacular display of fireworks is held over Long Pond.
4th of July celebrations are scheduled in other towns, too, Augusta, Winslow, Winthrop, Farmington, and in the smaller villages.
The 4th of July is a picnic, a parade, a pause in a busy schedule, an opportunity to play. Enjoy this best of the summer holidays.