With Memorial Day weekend in the rearview mirror, the unofficial official start of summer is behind us here for 2022 and the season is just kicking off. One event we here in the Bangor area truly look forward to is celebrating the day dedicated to appreciating our nation, Independence Day.

Bangor likes to go big with their fireworks and people from all over the area converge to the banks of the Penobscot, the valley that surrounds it, and the hills that border it to watch the dusk sky light up with a half-hour show of exploding lights that sizzle and crack as they ignite and die.

Independence Day in Bangor isn't just about the fireworks. Here's a quick rundown of the events scheduled for Bangor's July 4th celebration by Bangor's July Fourth Celebration Committee.

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7 AM: Pancake Breakfast at Jeff's Catering

This year, a pancake breakfast is planned to kick off July 4th at Jeff's Catering in Brewer. Kiwanis typically hosts the event. In the past, attendees have been asked to pay $6 for adults and $3 for children.

9:45 AM: Brewer to Bangor to Brewer Foot Road Race

10 AM:  Bangor's Independence Day Parade

The annual Independence Day Parade will be kicking off at 10 AM. While the application to take part in the event is being finalized at this point, the usual schedule of events for the parade will be taking place as we've come to expect.

5 PM Fourth of July Celebration Benefit Concert

The Maine Savings Amphitheater will be the host of the Chords for a Cure benefit concert for Maine's young cancer patients. Dakota will be kicking off the concert at 5:15 PM, followed by The Stone Doctors at 6:30 PM, and the Bangor Symphony Orchestra at 8:30 PM.

9:30 PM: Fireworks on the Penobscot

Waiting for the sun to go down will bring you some delight as you anticipate the launching of this year's fireworks display. It's always one to look forward to and always impressive. You'll be able to view the fireworks at 9:30. Here is the Facebook event 'Bangor 2022 Fireworks'.

Follow the day's events at the Bangor Fourth of July Committee's Facebook page, 'Bangor Fourth of July Celebration'.

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