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

Schedule of Events

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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, games for kids,free dunk tank, free bouncy houses, horseshoe tournament, musical entertainment, and fireworks. Many activities are behind the business block. Join your friends,neighbors, and visitors to Maine, and have a glorious Independence Day in Thomaston, Maine.

Many events on the schedule stay the same year to year. Stay tuned for 2015 updates!

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
Pre-register online
Download entry forms here

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 "May the 4th Be With You!". For a parade application, email
OR, download the cover letter: and parade application

9:15 AM
Pet Show
Volunteers Naomi Howe and Steve Seekins return to run the Pet Show!
Pet Show will be located behind the Thomaston Business Block, in front of Lura Libby School. 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
OR: download the cover letter: and parade application

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
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
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.

1:00 PM
Hot Dog Eating Contest
Giant Hot Dog Eating Contest sponsored by Bob's Big Dawgs

12:30 PM
Wing'N It - Band
Wing'N It plays country music - for your dancing shoes! From 12:30 - 3:30 p.m.

1:00 PM
Cod Adams Memorial Horseshoe Tournament
We seek a volunteer to run the 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!

9:15 PM
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!


Julie Brooks, Committee Chairman
Thomaston 4th of July Committee
P.O. Box 149
Thomaston, Maine 04861

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 for 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".