Throngs of spectators will once again flock to the Eastern Promenade on the Fourth of July for the Stars and Stripes Spectacular. This year's festival will feature comedian Bob Marley at 6 pm, followed by the Patriotic Pops Concert performed by the Portland Symphony Orchestra. After the skies darken, the end of the 1812 Overture will cue the launching of the first fireworks bursting over Casco Bay and the Eastern Prom. Between 50,000 and 70,000 people are expected to watch the spectacle.
Reserved seating for the concert is sold out, but there will be plenty of room on the Prom's grassy slopes to spread out a blanket and listen to the music. Pack a picnic dinner or grab a bite to eat from one of the food vendors.
The East End Boat Launch, Cutter Street and the Cutter Street parking lots will be closed from 10 pm July 3 to 6:30 am July 5. The East End Trail between the Portland Water District pumping station and the East End Beach, as well as the tennis courts, playground and ballfields, will be closed as of 7 am July 4.
Munjoy Hill will be closed to all traffic at 4 pm July 4. Beginning at 7 am, parking restrictions will be in effect along the Eastern Promenade from Vesper to Washington Avenue; Fort Allen Park; Walnut Street from the Eastern Promenade to Washington Avenue; and Mountfort Street.
The Top of the Old Port Parking Lot, located at the corner of Congress and Franklin, is offering event parking for $5. For those who plan on pedaling up the hill, free valet bike parking will be available at Fort Allen Park, sponsored by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine and the Portland Bicycle Community Meetup.
In case of bad weather, the event will be rescheduled to July 5.
The Stars and Stripes Spectacular is funded by the July 4th Portland Foundation, which works in partnership with the City of Portland to coordinate the event. The founding members include the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, Quirk Chevrolet, Wright Express and the Maine Red Claws.
For more information, visit july4thportland.org