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by Esther J. Perne
Where water, woods and close communities are the fabric of the region; where outdoor recreation, appreciation of nature and a relaxed pace are the lifestyle of the summer; where independence, survival and self sufficiency drive local lifestyles, the 4th of July, the traditions of the day and the rewards of the long holiday weekend are the high point and the best part of summer.
Flags and music, parades and picnics, food, fun and family togetherness and all the rites of celebration will be widely available this July 4 in central Maine. These celebrations are family-oriented events, wholesome, safe, good fun, and a short destination drive. Most of the programs include children's activities and contests. The locations are near waterways, rivers, streams or lakes — reminders of the reasons to celebrate independence in this beautiful part of the world and reminders that it's possible to attend a 4th of July celebration and enjoy the recreation of the region, too.
And, for a finale, there will be fireworks. In 1776, early in the Revolutionary War, the United States declared its independence from England and celebrated with fireworks. The tradition continues