SEARSPORT — The town put off celebrating its 175th birthday a year because of the pandemic, until this Fourth of July weekend, when everyone was invited to the party.

The overcast skies did not dampen the mood of revelers at the Searsport 175th anniversary day parade on Saturday, July 3, with hundreds of people attending the party in the street.

Anyone and everyone was welcomed to march and join in the celebration. Humorist Tim Sample, who was performing at 7 p.m. at the high school gymnasium later on that day, drove his maroon Mercedes in the parade, along with several other antique and classic cars and many emergency vehicles, all sounding off their airhorns. The Searsport baseball and softball teams showed their state championship trophies, while onlookers cheered them on.

The party continues Sunday, July 4,  with an art show at Mermaid Plaza and concerts at Mosman Park, culminating in what town officials are calling the biggest fireworks show Searsport has ever seen. For a complete listing, check out Searsport 175th Birthday on Facebook.

 

Searsport 175th anniversary parade, July 3. Fran Gonzalez

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Searsport softball team Class D winners at the 175th anniversary parade July 3.

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Searsport 175th anniversary parade, July 3. Fran Gonzalez

Searsport Selectmen Steve Tanguay on left, and Doug Norman, ride a float at the 175th anniversary parade July 3.

Searsport town clerk Harriet Clark at the 175th anniversary parade July 3.

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Uncle Sam walks alongside a dinosaur at the Searsport 175th anniversary parade July 3. Fran Gonzalez

Captain America fist bumps onlookers at the Searsport 175th anniversary parade July 3.

Jayne Snowdale of the Kindness Programs at Searsport’s 175th anniversary parade July 3.

Elmo makes an appearance at Searsport’s 175th birthday parade July 3. Fran Gonzalez

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Searsport’s 175th anniversary parade, July 3. Fran Gonzalez