Thomaston Maine 4th of July - An Old Fashioned Independence Day Celebration!

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Welcome to an "Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration" in Thomaston, Maine, presented by the Thomaston 4th of July Committee, under the direction of the Town of Thomaston.

This is now a 'legacy' site. You may visit the new official site at the link below. This legacy page will update as needed and may offer different views.

New Thomaston 4th of July Official Website @ 

Parade Theme 2018 - "Learning - It's a Lifelong Journey!"

Parade Theme for 2017 was: "It’s a ‘Pet’-riotic 4th!" - visit our Facebook page to share feedback, photos, ideas, and make connections!

Parade Theme for 2018: "Learning, it's a Lifelong Adventure!"

The day's events start early with a pancake breakfast at the Masonic Hall, a craft tent, a pet show, parade, chicken barbecue, food & vendor booths, dunk tank(tba), games for kids, bouncy houses, horseshoe tournament, musical entertainment, and end with a grand fireworks finale. Many activities are behind the business block. Join your friends, neighbors, and visitors to Maine, and have a glorious Independence Day in Thomaston, Maine!

Schedule of Events - 2018 schedule (work in progress!)

7:00 AM
Pancake Breakfast
Breakfast will be served in the Masonic Temple located on Main Street in Thomaston.

7:00 AM
Kids One Mile Fun Race & 5K Firecracker Race Sign Up
Sign up for the races will be on Beechwood Street by Route One.
7:00 - 8:00 am.
In front of the former Water Dog Tavern
Free entry for kids under age 12 and tee-shirt prizes. 5K Firecracker Race entry fees
Pre-register online

Thank you to our sponsors and to the hard working volunteers who get up so early every 4th of July!

8:00 AM
One Mile Fun Race Starts
Fun Race will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Beechwood Street.

8:30 AM
5K Firecracker Race Starts
Starts on Beechwood Street.

9:00 AM
Craft Tent Opens
Craft Tent open until 4:00 PM and will be located behind the Masonic Temple Building.
Craft vendors may:
Download Craft tent vendor application pdf
Craft tent vendor cover letter 2017
to print and return.

8:30 AM
Parade Staging
Staging area for the parade will be located on Dwight Street by the town cemetery in Thomaston. The 2018 theme is "Learning: It's a Life Long Journey!". For a parade application, email OR
Download Parade application and line-up map.

9:15 AM
Pet Show
Volunteers run the Pet Show! Bring all of your pets.
Pet Show will be located behind the Thomaston Business Block, in front of Lura Libby School. Loyal Biscuit sponsors the show prizes - special treat/goodie bags for pets. Thank you to all!

11:00 AM
4th of July Parade
Staging area for the parade will be by the town cemetery in Thomaston. Gather at 8:30am...for a parade application, email
Download Parade application and line-up map.

The parade will stage by the cemetery, head out Erin St. where it will enter Main Street and move South through town center. It will disband on Booker St. Thank you to the organizers of the parade, who are all volunteers. We appreciate your hard work!

12:00 PM
After the Parade - Opening Ceremony
Opening Ceremony with local elected dignitaries, singing of the national anthem, introduction of marshals and Mr. and Ms. 4th of July, announcement of parade prize winners.

12:00 PM
Booths Open
All booths open - large variety of food, face painting, souvenirs. All proceeds from purchases made at 4th of July Committee booth benefit the festivities.

12:00 PM
Chicken Barbecue
Chicken Barbecue will be located behind the business block until sold out. This barbecue is put on by volunteers. All proceeds support 4th of July festivities. Thank you to our volunteers!

12:00 PM
Bouncy Houses
Two bouncy houses, Free for children. Fun for all from after the parade, until 8 PM. All donations go to the 4th of July festivities.

1:00 PM

12:30 PM
Blind Albert - Band
.From 12:30 - 3:30 p.m.

1:00 PM
Cod Adams Memorial Horseshoe Tournament

Horseshoe Tournament will be behind the business block on Lura Libby School field. All donations support the 4th of July. Prizes provided by the estate of Cod Adams, long-time beloved director of our annual horseshoe tournament.

5:00 PM
Band - MLC - (Mid Life Crisis)
Popular musical entertainment

9:15 PM
In the event of rain or fog, the fireworks will be rescheduled to July 5th. Thank you to all the volunteers who spend their afternoon setting up the gorgeous fireworks display!

The Thomaston 4th of July Committee seeks volunteers to help with many jobs. Join the committee in creating a great 4th of July for your friends and neighbors in the community and state. Visitors come from all over Maine to share the experience of a small town celebration. Join in the fun of being an ambassador for the town and the state.

From helping to build the booths a few days before the event, collecting donations before the fireworks, helping with kids games, or trash pick-up duty, we have just the job for you. Give two hours of your time and gain a lifetime memory of helping to make a great celebration and working together for the fun of all!

Contact the committee to volunteer!

Christopher Winters, Committee Chairman

Thomaston 4th of July Committee
P.O. Box 149
Thomaston, Maine 04861


Note: Thomaston's tradition has been, when the holiday falls on a Sunday, to hold the celebration on the Saturday,(July 3rd). This allows for local church services. This will not occur again until 2021! In 1779, the holiday fell on a Sunday and was celebrated on Monday July 5th. John Adams wrote to Abigail that the Declaration was signed on July 2nd and that the date would be celebrated through "succeeding generations".