Spend 4th of July at Maine's Historic Sites and Parks

This Fourth of July take a step back in time and visit places in Maine where the
American Revolution took place. You’ll not only get a taste of history, but you’ll
also get to enjoy Maine’s treasured coastal and inland historic sites and parks.

At Fort O'Brien overlooking Machias Bay on the downeast coast, visitors can
imagine the scene when local Patriots captured the armed British schooner
Margaretta on June 12, 1775 to win the first naval battle of the Revolution.
Roque Bluffs State Park is a short drive south from the fort and offers fresh and
saltwater swimming, picnic tables with grills, and seven miles of walking trails
along the ocean. North of the fort, the island city of
Eastport throws Maine's
largest Fourth of July festival.

Along Penobscot Bay, Fort Point State Park in Stockton Springs has a boat
launch and fishing pier, and is the starting point for a seven-mile bicycle loop
around Cape Jellison. The park also contains the remnants of 1759 Fort Pownal
and the active Fort Point Lighthouse. Moose Point State Park in Searsport has
tidal pools to explore, three walking trails and a picnic area in a grove of
evergreens.

In southern Maine,
Vaughn Woods State Park is a 250-acre forested getaway
along the Salmon Falls River. The South Berwick park is an ideal spot for
playing catch, hide and seek or relaxing by the riverside. For the feel of soft
sand underfoot, head to Ferry Beach State Park in Saco. Enjoy the ocean beach
and don't miss the unique tupelo swamp and wooded walking trails. For a
beach without sand, head to
Rangeley Lake State park where a comfortable
grass "beach" slopes down to rock steps leading into the lake.

For hiking trails with great views visit
Camden Hills State Park in Camden,
Bradbury Mountain State Park in Pownal or Aroostook State Park in Presque
Isle. Camden Hills has 30 miles of trails over six mountain peaks with ocean
views. Bradbury has shorter, less strenuous trails that make it a favorite day trip
for families. And, Aroostook has two trails to the summit of Quaggy Jo
Mountain — home to hawks, owls, moose and deer.
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Fort O'Brien Historic Site overlooks Machias Bay where Captain Jeremiah O'Brien led local Patriots in the first naval battle of the American Revolution on June 12, 1775. Credit: Maine Department of Conservation
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