The town of Wiscasset’s July 4th Parade committee has adopted “Yankee Doodle Dandy” as this year’s theme. Want some fun? Google “Yankee Doodle Dandy” original lyrics and see what pops up. Turns out, it was an ancient drinking song used by British and American troops for making fun of the other’s habits and dress. This year’s July 4th Wiscasset “revolutionaries” are encouraged to come up with inspired costume, “habits” and music for the parade --- from traditional to outlandish. Prizes will definitely be involved.
The parade starts at 10 a.m. sharp. Floats, bands, civic and church groups, bicycles brigades, family pets and other collaborations of celebrators are encouraged to “yankee doodle it up” and join in the fun! Ribbons will be awarded for first, second or third place in various categories (which judges are empowered to make up on the spot if necessary) as well as Best Overall Entry cash prizes of $100, $75 and $50. Check-in, lineup, and pre-judging of floats will begin after registration at 9 a.m. on July 4th in the town office parking lot and during the lineup along Churchill Street.
All floats and groups need to register by filling out an application. Applications can be picked up at the town office, Wiscasset Community Center, Ames Supply, Big Al’s, Wiscasset Library, and the Wiscasset Area Chamber office, or go online to www.facebook.com/WiscassetChamber to print out a form. Email applications to firstname.lastname@example.org, or bring applications at 9 a.m. on the 4th to the registration table in the town office parking lot.
Parade lineup will take place along Churchill Street, facing north. The parade route will be Hooper Street to Federal Street, to Route 1, to Middle Street, then to the waterfront. During the parade, traffic will be delayed along Route 1 and Water Street will be closed. Ceremonies and awards will take place immediately at the recreation waterfront at the end of the parade.
After the parade, other traditions of the day include strawberry shortcake, sold by the Wiscasset Yacht Club from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and fireworks on the river at approximately 9:15 p.m.