Fourth festivities draw crowds in Brooks, Searsport

Jul 04, 2019
Photo by: Carolyn Zachary McCormick Family Farm's youngest float passenger takes candy-tossing seriously in Brooks' Fourth of July parade.

Waldo County year-round and summer residents turned out in droves for Fourth of July parades and events.

In Brooks, people began lining up along the Veterans Highway parade route an hour before the parade's 10 a.m. start.

Marchers, riders and floats included members of Grant-Staples Post 183, American Legion; marchers and a truck full of members of the Maine militia; first responders and vintage and new firetrucks from Brooks, Unity, Freedom, Morrill and Monroe; antique and classic cars; contingents of decorated ATVs and motorcycles; decorated horses and ponies from the Unified Riding & Driving Club; local churches and area merchants.

Many participants tossed candy to onlookers along the route, much to the delight of scores of children.

In Searsport, throngs of people enjoyed a picture-perfect Fourth of July, cheering on the many parade participants and celebrating Independence Day with family and friends.

Before the parade, a line of marchers, floats and vehicles gathered on Steamboat Avenue until the start of the parade at 11 a.m.

Police Chief Dick LaHaye led the procession with blue lights flashing from his cruiser, followed by various groups, including the Army Marching Band, Stockton Springs Ambulance and Rescue crews, a Hamilton Marine float, Belfast Fire Department, Searsport Baseball team — Class D champions — and a Searsport Shores Campground exhibition.

Firefighters give out candy as modern and vintage firetrucks from Brooks, Freedom, Unity, Morrill and Monroe proceed along the parade route in Brooks July 4. (Photo by: Carolyn Zachary)
A wave from horseback in the Brooks Fourth of July parade. Several members of the Unified Riding & Driving Club took part. (Photo by: Carolyn Zachary)
A mini-wheelie, with both feet on the ground, in the Brooks Fourth of July parade. (Photo by: Carolyn Zachary)
Brooks American Legion members lead the Fourth of July parade, followed by Brooks Ambulance. (Photo by: Carolyn Zachary)
Members of Maine Militia march third in Brooks Fourth of July parade. Betsy Ross flag bearer, center, in red colonial garb is John Butler of Belfast. (Photo by: Carolyn Zachary)
Sara Devine and TJ Curtis of Frankfort with Ava Curtis, almost 2, of Frankfort, at the Brooks parade July 4. (Photo by: Carolyn Zachary)
One of two colorful Brooks Pentecostal Church and Lighthouse Christian Academy floats carries singers and keyboardist entertaining the crowd in Brooks' Fourth of July parade. (Photo by: Carolyn Zachary)
Starry masked man drives a mini-antique car in Brooks July 4 parade. (Photo by: Carolyn Zachary)
Patriots of all ages participated in Brooks' Fourth of July parades, including this little one. (Photo by: Carolyn Zachary)
Furry passenger peeks out at the crowd from its master's motorcycle in Brooks parade July 4. (Photo by: Carolyn Zachary)
A member of the Unified Riding & Driving Club in the Brooks July 4 parade. (Photo by: Carolyn Zachary)
Model T Ford in Brooks Fourth of July parade. (Photo by: Carolyn Zachary)
(Photo by: Carolyn Zachary)
Brooks Historical Society (Photo by: Carolyn Zachary)
Freedom Congregational Church float in Brooks parade July 4. (Photo by: Carolyn Zachary)
Boy sports an elaborately decorated Mexican hat as part of a Fair Haven Camps group marching in the Brooks parade July 4. (Photo by: Carolyn Zachary)
(Photo by: Carolyn Zachary)
A number of antique and classic cars joined the Brooks Fourth of July parade, including this Thunderbird. (Photo by: Carolyn Zachary)
Bringing up the parade rear July 4 are two members of the Brooks Boosters, pounding a rhythm on a large kettle drum. (Photo by: Carolyn Zachary)
Bracing for a fire engine horn blast during Searsport's parade July 4. (Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
The Searsport Shores Campground float at the July 4 parade in Searsport. (Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
Fourth of July parade in Searsport with members of the Volunteer Fire Department. (Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
U.S. Army Marching Band performs at the Searsport Fourth of July parade. (Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
Main Street is crowded with onlookers for Searsport's Fourth of July Parade. (Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
A procession of fire trucks and emergency vehicles at the Searsport Fourth of July parade. (Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
Onlookers wave at marchers in the Searsport Fourth of July parade. (Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
Young spectators captivated by the Searsport Fourth of July parade. (Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
Antique cars drive past throngs of spectators at the Searsport Fourth of July parade. (Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
Police Chief Dick LaHaye leads the Searsport Fourth of July parade downtown. (Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
The Hamilton Marine float, with passengers, in the annual Fourth of July parade in Searsport. (Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
(Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
A Morris Minor 1000 antique car at the Searsport Fourth of July parade. (Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
(Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
(Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
(Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
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