Thomaston Maine 4th of July - An Old Fashioned Independence Day Celebration!














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Welcome to an "Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration" in Thomaston, Maine, presented by the Thomaston 4th of July Committee, under the direction of the Town of Thomaston.

Parade Theme for 2014: "Made in the U.S.A!" - visit our Facebook page to share feedback, photos, ideas, and make connections!

The day's events start early with a pancake breakfast at the Masonic Hall, a craft tent, a pet show, parade, chicken barbecue, food & vendor booths, dunk tank, games for kids, bouncy houses, horseshoe tournament, musical entertainment, and end with a grand fireworks finale. Many activities are behind the business block. Some kiddie rides from East Coast Midways Carnival return this year. Join your friends, neighbors, and visitors to Maine, and have a glorious Independence Day in Thomaston, Maine!




























Schedule of Events - 2014 schedule (always in progress!)



































7:00 AM
Pancake Breakfast
Breakfast will be served in the Masonic Temple located on Main Street in Thomaston.



7:00 AM
Kids One Mile Fun Race & 5K Firecracker Race Sign Up
Sign up for the races will be on Beechwood Street by Route One.
7:00 - 8:00 am.
In front of Water Dog Tavern
Free entry for kids under age 12 and tee-shirt prizes. 5K Firecracker Race entry fees
$15 pre-registration, includes guaranteed tee-shirt. Pre-register online @www.runinarace.com/Firecracker/index.html, or download the registration form below, and mail in with payment - must be received by June 20th to guarantee tee-shirt.
$20, may include tee-shirt (first come, first served). Download Firecracker Races Registration Form printable pdf to print out.
Thank you to our sponsors and to the hard working volunteers who get up so early every 4th of July!



8:00 AM
One Mile Fun Race Starts
Fun Race will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Beechwood Street.



8:30 AM
5K Firecracker Race Starts
Starts on Beechwood Street.



9:00 AM
Craft Tent Opens
Craft Tent open until 4:00 PM and will be located behind the Masonic Temple Building.



8:30 AM
Parade Staging
Staging area for the parade will be located by the town cemetery in Thomaston. The theme is "Made in the U.S.A.!". For a parade application, email Julie Russo at julie@brookstrapmill.com
, or download and print out Thomaston 4th of July Parade Application, pdf and Directions 2014, pdf.




9:15 AM
Pet Show
Pet Show will be located behind the Thomaston Business Block, in front of Lura Libby School. Volunteers Steve Seekins and Naomi Howe put the animals through their paces. Humane Society of Knox County's volunteers will assist. Loyal Biscuit sponsors the show prizes - special treat/goodie bags for pets. Thank you to all!



11:00 AM
4th of July Parade
Staging area for the parade will be by the town cemetery in Thomaston. Gather at 8:30am...for a parade application, email Julie Russo at julie@brookstrapmill.com. or download and print out Thomaston 4th of July Parade Application, pdf and Directions 2014, pdf.


The parade will stage by the cemetery, head out Erin St. where it will enter Main Street and move South through town center. It will disband at Booker St. Thank you to the organizers of the parade, who are all volunteers. We appreciate your hard work!



12:00 PM
After the Parade - Opening Ceremony
Opening Ceremony with local elected dignitaries, singing of the national anthem, introduction of marshals and Mr. and Ms. 4th of July, announcement of parade prize winners.



12:00 PM
Booths Open
All booths open - large variety of food, face painting, souvenirs. Glow-in-the-dark jewelry goes on sale at 4th of July Committee booth before fireworks.



12:00 PM
Carnival Opens
East Coast Midways Carnival will provide children's rides.  Located at the
Farm Team Ballfield next to Lura Libby School.
Hours:
Thurs. 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Fri. Noon - 10 p.m.




12:00 PM
Chicken Barbecue
Chicken Barbecue will be located behind the business block until sold out. This barbecue is put on by volunteers. All proceeds support 4th of July festivities. Thank you to our volunteers!



12:00 PM
Dunk Tank
Dunk Tank, located behind the Thomaston Business Block. Sponsored by Thomaston Rec. Dept.







12:00 PM
Raffle Tickets Go on Sale - for beautiful handmade table
Raffle tickets go on sale at the 4th of July Committee Booth behind the block in Thomaston. Table made and donated by Francis Farley of Thomaston ! Winner announced during evening band intermission.



12:00 PM
Bouncy Houses
Two bouncy houses, Free for children - a Giraffe and The Edge. Fun for all from after the parade, until 8 PM. All donations go to the 4th of July festivities.



12:30 PM
Hot Dog Eating Contest
Giant Hot Dog Eating Contest sponsored by Bob's Big Dawgs - NEW!







1:00 PM
Cod Adams Memorial Horseshoe Tournament
Horseshoe Tournament will be behind the business block on Lura Libby School field. All donations support the 4th of July. Prizes provided by the estate of Cod Adams, long-time beloved director of our annual horseshoe tournament.



5:00 PM
Animal House - Band
Our fabulous local band, Animal House, will play from 5pm to 9pm, leading us up to the fireworks finale!



8:30 PM
Raffle Winner Announced
Listen for announcements of raffle prize winner between song sets. Come enjoy the music and collect your prize!



9:15 PM
Fireworks
In the event of rain or fog, the fireworks will be rescheduled to July 5th. Thank you to all the volunteers who spend their afternoon setting up the gorgeous fireworks display!


The Thomaston 4th of July Committee seeks volunteers to help with many jobs. Join the committee in creating a great 4th of July for your friends and neighbors in the community and state. Visitors come from all over Maine to share the experience of a small town celebration. Join in the fun of being an ambassador for the town and the state.

From helping to build the booths a few days before the event, collecting donations before the fireworks, helping with kids games, or trash pick-up duty, we have just the job for you. Give two hours of your time and gain a lifetime memory of helping to make a great celebration and working together for the fun of all!

Contact the committee to volunteer!

Contact:
Julie Russo, Committee Chairman
(207)354-8763
Thomaston 4th of July Committee
P.O. Box 149
Thomaston, Maine 04861






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Note: Thomaston's tradition has been, when the holiday falls on a Sunday, to hold the celebration on the Saturday,(July 3rd). This allows for local church services. This will not occur again until 2021! In 1779, the holiday fell on a Sunday and was celebrated on Monday July 5th. John Adams wrote to Abigail that the Declaration was signed on July 2nd and that the date would be celebrated through "succeeding generations".