Things kick off on Thursday, July 1, with a fireworks display on Deer Island to celebrate Canada Day. On Friday, the celebration swings into full gear, with events, live entertainment, crafts fairs, vendors and more on tap morning to night.

One of the highlights of the Eastport celebration is the arrival of a U.S. Navy ship to Eastport’s port, a tradition going back to 1905. This year, the Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate U.S.S. De Wert will make the call to help folks celebrate Independence Day. Free tours of the vessel will be available to all.

The De Wert is named for Hospitalman Richard De Wert, who was killed in Korea in 1951 and posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for heroism while serving with the 7th Marines.

You’ll also be treated to another fireworks show, this one over the bay on July 4 (can’t have an Independence Day without lots of fireworks!), as well as the Grand Independence Parade, an antique auto show and plenty of water sports, games and contests for the whole family.

Overlook Park will be the site of a range of free entertainment, much of it geared for the kids. Everything from cupcake-decorating contests to pet shows will be held.

And several races for children are also set, with prizes going to the victors.

The event is the largest of its kind in Maine, bringing together Americans and Canadians. It isn’t just a celebration of America’s independence, either, but a memorial service to those who have given their lives for freedom.

Eastport welcomes visitors who want to come out and celebrate. Click on to find out more.

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