The United States of America turned 241 years old this week, and cities and towns across the nation celebrated in style on July 4th – and Kennebunkport Maine was no exception! July Fourth dawned with nary a cloud in sight and by sunset there were only a few wispy clouds in the sky. After a warm day, a little evening fog rolled in, worrying some that the Kennebunk-Kennebunkport fireworks display might not be as stellar as usual. But in the end there was nothing to worry about! The show went off without a hitch and it was the best show we’ve seen in the past nine years here at the Maine Stay Inn!
Over the past few years, I have alternated between watching the show at the jetty by Colony Beach or along the seawall at Gooch’s Beach, but this year I tested out a new spot. Colony Beach is an easy half-mile walk from the Maine Stay, which means there’s no need to fight any of the road congestion after the show. But the walk back can be a little dark, so don’t forget the flashlight from your room or suite! But in addition to the close proximity, I like that you can catch sight of the York Beach and Ogunquit shows in the distance at the same time as you enjoy the Kennebunk Beach show. Plus, nearby Mabel’s Lobster Claw and Stripers Restaurant means that you can enjoy dinner before the show. Not to mention picking up ice cream from the pickup window at Mabel’s!
But if you’re craving Rococo or had dinner in downtown, Gooch’s Beach is only about 2/3 of a mile from Dock Square, so it’s an easy choice! And with throngs of people heading back toward Dock Square after the show, the 15-ish minute walk back to the Maine Stay goes really fast! But this year the weather was so beautiful that after hitting Gooch’s Beach, I kept right on walking and parked myself at the southern tip of Middle Beach – with a clear view of Narragansett Point (where the fireworks are shot from). The reflection on the water was absolutely stellar – and probably better than from anywhere else – but you couldn’t really smell the gunpowder, which is one of my favorite parts of the fireworks. Unfortunately, I picked a spot where I couldn’t see the York or Ogunquit shows. That said, this year’s fireworks display took the cake! The show lasted a solid 45 minutes and there were more than a few fake-out finales, but the real one was absolutely incredible!!! It may be 361 days until next year’s show, but we are already looking forward to July 4, 2018, here in Kennebunkport Maine!