It’s hard to believe that Independence Day is just around the corner. (Although the gorgeous summer weather says it really is!). And that means it’s time to start thinking about those Fourth of July festivities. And no 4th would be complete without fireworks, and Kennebunkport, Maine is known for having some of the best displays in the entire state!
Not many small towns are lucky enough to host truly outstanding fireworks, but Kennebunk and Kennebunkport team up to produce a spectacular show. And everyone in town is certainly excited about this year’s display.
While there may be almost limitless ways to view the show, here’s what we think are the 3 Best spots for viewing July 4th fireworks:
- Since the fireworks go off from Narragansett Point (between Gooch’s and Middle beaches), the Kennebunk beaches are a great place to watch the fireworks. Smelling the gunpowder is one of my favorite things about fireworks, and when you’re watching from the Kennebunk Beaches, you are sure to get a whiff. It’s close enough to walk (but bring sneakers, not sandals), but you can drive as well. However, since lots of other folks agree that traveling by car is ideal, the less-than-a-mile drive home to the Maine Stay Inn can last substantially longer than usual. Keep in mind that if you choose a spot along Middle beach, you’ll have a slightly longer stroll home.
- Colony Beach and the jetty are definitely awesome spots to watch the fireworks, and since it’s just a half mile from our Maine bed and breakfast, walking is usually your best bet. On your way, grab an ice cream or stop for a full dinner at Mabel’s Lobster Claw. That said, if you get sidetracked on your way to the show, any of the open spaces along Ocean Avenue are also great locations to watch the fireworks.
- Another spectacular way to watch the fireworks on the Fourth of July is on the water! First Chance Whale Watch actually offers a sunset cruise that is perfect for an incredible view of the show. You’ve got to make a reservation in advance, but there’s no question that it’s a truly unique way to watch the show.
No matter where you decide to watch, one of the best things about watching the fireworks in Kennebunkport/Kennebunk is that you’ll also see the York and Ogunquit firework shows in the distance–it’s like getting three shows in one!
This year, you’ll see the Kennebunkport fireworks on the 4th at 9 p.m. (the same time as both York Harbor and Short Sands), while Ogunquit fireworks start at 9:15 p.m. No matter where you decided to catch the show, you’re sure to enjoy the incredible display!