Fourth of July weekend promises to be eventful, even with a few passing rainstorms forecast for Saturday. Following are festivities planned around the area:

Brooks

The weekend celebration in Brooks begins Saturday, July 2, with a chicken barbecue in Brooks Community Park hosted by the Roberts family, beginning at noon. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the Town Office. This is a fundraiser for the park. Stone Fox Creamery will be at the park serving ice cream from 5 p.m. until fireworks begin at dark.
The town’s annual Fourth of July parade begins lining up at 9 a.m. Monday by the Varney Building, at 24 Veterans Highway (Route 7),  where the Ladies Fellowship will be serving coffee and muffins. The parade begins at 10 a.m.

Searsport

Searsport’s Fourth of July festivities begin Saturday, July 2, with a picnic at Mosman Park, starting at 11 a.m., celebrating the park’s 100th anniversary. Secretary of State Shenna Bellows will speak and present the Park Association with a commemorative certificate. Bring your own lawn chairs and picnic lunch; drinks and cookies will be provided. There will be face painting for kids.

Fireworks staged at Mosman Park will begin lighting up the sky about 9 o’clock Saturday night, July 2.

At 7 p.m. Sunday, July 3, the Searsport Historical Society will present its annual “Hometown Holiday Variety Show” at historic Union Hall. Jim Rose will be emcee and Nancy Cole will accompany the acts. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children under age 12. This is a fundraiser for the Historical Society.

The annual boat races will take over Hamilton Wharf at 8 a.m. Monday, July 4.

The annual Fourth of July parade will step off at 11 a.m. Monday from Steamboat Avenue and proceed up Main Street. Plans call for food from the Methodist Church food truck and chicken barbecue and strawberry shortcake available from the Searsport Lions Club.

From 1 to 3 p.m. Monday, everyone is invited to play Poker at the Searsport Historical Commission’s Historical Poker Run. Register at the fountain booth then get a map at all the sites you stop at to get a poker card to compete for prizes. This year’s theme is “The Villagers of Searsport” and takes players throughout the Elm and Water Street neighborhoods to the homes of a minister, a cordwainer, ship carpenters and of course, sea captains. This is a free event with prizes donated by local businesses.

If poker is not your game, the Penobscot Marine Museum has free admission all day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with traditional games and crafts available on the museum’s crescent.

The day will end with a concert by Anni and the Rainmakers from 7 to 9 p.m. at Mosman Park.

Swanville

The Swan Lake Boat Association will hold its annual boat parade and competition beginning at noon on Monday, July 4.

Boat parade prizes will be a $100 gift card to either Swan Lake Grocery or Ocean State Job Lots to the first place winner. The second place winner will receive whichever prize the first place winner does not claim. Third place prize is a $50 gift card to Hammond Lumber.

Boat parade contestants should line up and register near the boat launch at 11:45 a.m. on Monday. Someone in a boat will register each contestant and provide a number to affix to the boat. Judges will be stationed along the parade route.

This event is not to be confused with Fourth of July festivities organized by a Swan Lake Association in Minnesota. The Pine Tree State’s Swan Lake Association has now added “of Maine” to its name to avoid future online mix-ups.

Bucksport

Bucksport Bay Festival 2022: Sponsored by the Bucksport Bay Business Coalition, the festival includes a series of free events, including music in the post office parking lot Saturday, July 2, from 1 to 8 p.m.; vendors along the waterfront walkway Saturday and Sunday, July 2 and 3, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; fireworks Saturday night at 9:15; and a pie eating contest Sunday at the Gazebo, starting at 11 a.m.