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Captain Nickels Inn raising funds for July 4th fireworks

By Fran Gonzalez | Jun 17, 2020
Courtesy of: Captain Nickels Inn The Captain Nickels Inn at 127 E. Main St. in Searsport is raising money to put on a fireworks show July 4.

Searsport — After the town announced all of the events and activities planned for Searsport's 175th anniversary celebration, including the annual Fourth of July fireworks, would be suspended because of concerns over COVID-19, the town was left with a big void to fill.

In a conversation with The Republican Journal June 16, Cassidy Gintz of Captain Nickels Inn said Searsport is known for its fireworks and added that people are very disappointed the 175th anniversary festivities, including a visit from the Tall Ships, will not be taking place this year.

"We would like the chance to bring together all communities around Penobscot Bay by putting on our own fireworks show," she said. "But we need the community's help."

Gintz is currently raising money through GoFundMe to fund the fireworks show at the inn Saturday, July 4. As of today, $355 of the $2,500 goal had been raised.

"Though we may not all be able to be together this year to celebrate because of COVID-19," she said, "the fireworks will be seen from all around the bay and will hopefully bring us all together in a different way. We feel that, now more than ever, we need to come together and support our local communities."

So far, Gintz said, the community response has been "fantastic," and added the inn has joined forces with a local shop, Up N Smoke, on Route 1, to provide fireworks.

Gintz and her mother, Dawn Gintz, who co-owns the inn, will be setting off the fireworks on the edge of their 3-acre property next to the water, "so everyone around the bay will be able to see them," Cassidy said.

According to the inn’s website, the building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was built in 1874 by Capt. A. V. Nickels as a home for his wife, Elizabeth, and their eight children.

In Searsport people will have a good view from Sears Island, Mosman Park and the public beach on Navy Street.

A few hours earlier, before the sun goes down July 4, the inn, at 127 E. Main St., will have a small gathering on the lawn, "maybe picnicking," Gintz said. The fireworks will start once the sun goes down.

"We're trying to lift people's spirits," she said. "This is a staple, and it would be a shame to miss it."

To donate to the effort, visit, or call Captain Nickels Inn at 548-1104.

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