To celebrate the Fourth of July, a number of Waldo County Towns are hosting a variety of parades and other events, while state police will increase its patrols to watch for impaired drivers.


Cold Comfort Theater and the Belfast Parks and Recreation Department are presenting a “spirited performance of song and dance" from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the city's newest park: Park on Main, which is located between Rollie's Bar and Grill and County Copy.


The town has a full day of events scheduled with a breakfast and five-mile race/5K walk in the morning. The parade begins at 10 a.m., followed by an antique tractor show, horse rides and a chicken barbecue in the afternoon. A kids pig scramble and music provided by Whiskey Throttle, a southern rock band, conclude festivities that evening. For a full list of events and start times, go to

Fireworks will be held at a later date this summer.


The Fourth of July Parade will begin at 11 a.m. from Norris Street. Before the parade, there will be a live auction to benefit the Searsport United Methodist Church. There will also be kids' games, baked goods and crafts for sale and a lunch wagon selling hot dogs and hamburgers.

About 10 to 15 minutes before the start of the parade traffic will begin to be rerouted along Prospect Street to Old County Road and from Mortland Road to Old County Road.

Fireworks will begin at dusk in Mosman Park. All roads into the park will be closed to traffic except to people with handicap placards.


The annual Swan Lake boat parade will begin at noon at the boat launch. Prizes will be awarded for most creative and best decorations.

Police stepping up patrols

The Maine State Police will have additional troopers, unmarked cruisers and its airplane to assist with traffic enforcement during the holiday weekend. The first two weeks of July are traditionally one of the busiest times on the roads because of vacationers, according to Col. Robert Williams, chief of the state police.

“State police will be looking for aggressive and impaired drivers and enforcing Maine’s seat belt and texting laws,” Williams said.

The state police are one of 68 departments using $643,000 in federal highway safety funding to pay for the additional enforcement efforts.