Beach picnics by day, dazzling displays by night — Independence Day in Maine is a spectacle from start to finish. With lobster on every holiday menu and a downtown DJ, a Fourth of July celebration in Ogunquit stands out from your usual fireworks show. Use our travel guide to make the most of southern Maine’s sandy shores and, course, those outstanding Ogunquit fireworks.
In the Morning: Wake-up to a Stellar Sunrise and Take on the Town
Before Ogunquit’s fireworks light up the beach, start off your holiday with a burst of light of a different kind. Aim for an early rise, brew yourself a cup of joe, and sit back to enjoy a magnificent summer sunrise off the shores of Ogunquit Beach. Once you’re up and at ‘em, take a stroll over to Egg & I, and enjoy a diner-style breakfast of eggs and waffles.
After you’ve had your fill, hop aboard the trolley to get to downtown Ogunquit, naturally decked out in red, white, and blue for the occasion. Spend a relaxing afternoon perusing holiday sales at dozens of village shops. In the midst of clothes and candles, don’t forget to grab some bug spray for later.
In the Afternoon: Enjoy a Patriotic Picnic in Ogunquit
Pack your towels! The quintessential summer day in Maine awaits at Ogunquit Beach, complete with old-fashioned ice cream cones from Sweet Pea’s.
When all is sand and done, it’s just not the Fourth of July without some grilled deliciousness. Bring your own grill to The Dunes, and cook up some burgers or kebabs on the comfort of your own cottage lawn. If you’re looking to celebrate the Maine way, take a few steps over to the Lobster Pound right next door, and get lobster-crazed for your Independence Day meal. Most Ogunquit restaurants feature Fourth of July specials, usually highlighting the scrumptious Maine lobster.
In the Evening: Have a Blast with Beachside Ogunquit Fireworks
Ogunquit’s Fourth of July celebration takes place right on Main Beach, with fireworks usually kicking off around 9:15 p.m. each year. You can “ooh and aah” on the spacious, grassy lawns right here at The Dunes, but don’t skip a stroll down to Main Beach after the show! There, you can dance to the beats from DJ Jerry Bazata, and enjoy a fun-filled festival that speaks to the spirited energy of Ogunquit.
When it comes to Independence Day, Ogunquit has plenty of reasons to celebrate. Miles of sandy coastline ripe for picnicking, grilled lobster at downtown restaurants, and those spectacular Ogunquit fireworks conjure up some true Independence Day magic. Make a reservation here at The Dunes, and anchor your patriotic party within your very own Maine cottage and grassy lawn.