News Feature

Deer Isle
Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, June 28, 2018
Children’s Storybooks will be the theme
Fourth of July festivities take shape

Independence Day Parade

Deer Isle will be holding their annual Independence Day parade, starting with a with a dedication at 9:45. The theme for this year is Children’s Storybooks. Pictured, is the Girl Scout float from the 2017 parade.

Penobscot Bay Press file photo

by Faith DeAmbrose

Get your best children’s story costume and head to Deer Isle’s annual July 4th parade. This year’s theme is Children’s Storybooks and who better to lead the parade than two characters straight out of locally written books. Join Grand Marshalls Sally and Jane McCloskey as they lead the parade.

Stars in their own right, the two are the daughters of the late Robert McCloskey whose books include (among others) One Morning in Maine and Blueberries for Sal where Sally and Jane are the main characters.

The parade will begin with a dedication at 9:45 to longtime resident and parade participant Lieutenant General Larry Snowden, USMC who died in February. The official parade start time is 10 a.m. from Deer Isle village.

A variety of events will be held throughout the day, beginning with the annual Stonington 6 road race and fun run kicking off at 6:45 a.m.

Evening events begin at 5 p.m. at the Stonington Fish Pier. There will be food options as well as music by Palomino with Derrick and the Diggers and a magic show by Conjuring Carroll where balloon animals are rumored to be given out.

Fireworks are expected over Stonington harbor around 9:15 p.m.

Schedule of events
6:30 a.m. Fun Run and 10K, Island Community Center
9:45 Dedication to Larry Snowden, Deer Isle village
10 a.m. Parade commences, Deer Isle Village.
9 a.m. -2 p.m. Oasis Café, Deer Isle Congregational Church
2 p.m. Masonic lobster bake, Masonic Lodge
5 p.m. Activities on Fish Pier
9:15 p.m. Fireworks over Stonington Harbor