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Heritage Days celebration returns in Bath

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Heritage Days celebration returns in Bath

BATH — A boat parade, fireman's muster, skateboard competition, and lots of food and music are all elements of the annual Heritage Days, which returns for the 42nd time July 3-6.

The Thursday kickoff includes Kids' Day at Library Park from 2-4 p.m., and a Plant Home barbecue at Library Park from 5-7 p.m. A Friends of Patten Free Library preview book sale will be held at the Winter Street Church from 5-8 p.m., with the actual sale taking place there the next three days.

One- and five-mile fun runs on Friday start at 7:30 a.m. and 8:15 a.m. at City Hall. The downtown Independence Day parade starts at 10:30 a.m., preceded by an hour-long pre-parade show. Volunteers Tom and Judy Barrington will be the parade grand marshals.

A strawberry shortcake festival will be held at the Cosmopolitan Club, 894 Washington St., from noon-4 p.m.

Saturday begins with a farmers market at Bathport on the waterfront from 8:30 a.m.-noon. The Made-in-Maine Craft Show will take place at Library Park from  10 a.m.-5 p.m. (also Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.), while the Chili-Chowder Fest runs at 26 Summer St., across from Library Park, from 3-5:30 p.m.

The musclebound may want to participate in a strongman contest at Bathport from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., and a fireman's muster at the north end of Front Street from noon-3 p.m. A hand-tub parade will run from Middle to Front streets from 10:30-11 a.m.

Starting off Sunday, the final day of the celebration, is the Front Street Shuffle antique car show from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., followed by an "Art in the Park" show under a big tent at 26 Summer St. from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

An "Independence Jam" skateboard competition will take place at the Bath Youth Meetinghouse and Skatepark, 4 Old Brunswick Road, at 3 p.m. A warm-up will run from noon-3 p.m.

A boat parade will be held on the Kennebec River at 7 p.m., followed by an 8 p.m. pre-fireworks concert by the Bath Municipal Band at Library Park. Fireworks over the Kennebec will wrap up Heritage Days at 9 p.m.

Live entertainment will be held all four days: at Waterfront Park from 6-10:30 p.m. Thursday and noon-11 p.m. Friday, and at Library Park from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Smokey’s Greatest Show and Carnival will also run all four days at Waterfront Park, from 5-11 p.m. Thursday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday.

Log onto bathheritagedays.com for more information.

Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or alear@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @learics.