What could be more American than a Memorial Day parade in a small Maine town with firetrucks, boys scouts, twirlers, high school bands, and parade fans dressed in red white and blue? See Memorial Day Kennebunkport Photos
How about having a former President and First lady in attendance. Here in Kennebunkport Maine, that’s how we like to roll, along with our lobster rolls. Picture local school kids and US military marching through Dock Square, a memorial wreath is tossed off the bridge into the Kennebunk River, and we remember those who served our beautiful nation, from this beautiful seaside setting.
And yes, President George H W Bush (#41 as we call him here in Kport) and Barbara Bush are typically in attendance for Kennebunkport’s parade. I suppose one exception would be last year, 2016, when the parade was cancelled for rain. But weather never dampers this town’s spirit. If you have never witnessed the Kennebunkport Memorial Day parade, I say it’s a must that you muster for this show of patriotism Monday morning of Memorial Weekend.
The Kennebunkport Memorial Day parade takes place Monday May 29 at 9:30 a.m. in Dock Square. Folks start lining the streets by 9am from Kennebunk’s Lower Village HB Provisions to the Clam Shack and Ports of Italy, across the new Mat Lanigan Bridge (which celebrated its official debut Friday May 19 with the Bush’s in attendance). Dock Square is packed with local people, folks from away, snow birds back for the summer, and dogs sporting flag bandanas. It’s a picture postcard for patriots.
The Memorial weekend festivities continue, with another parade down Main Street in Kennebunk at 2pm. Much of the same bands, troops and twirlers are in this neighboring hometown parade…
Memorial Day Monday afternoon, we recommend a reflective walk on Kennebunk Beach, a bbq or a live band – The Nonantum Resort features Ocean Ave band with local celeb Lisa Mills and Don Wessel playing 6:30-9. You can also catch their act at Old Vines Wine Bar in a “Summer Kickoff” on Sunday night 6-9 with accompaniment of Mark Gunter.
Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial kick off of summer in Maine on the seacoast. We can think of now better place to celebrate and commemorate than Kennebunkport Maine! Sea ya there! Se photos of Memorial Day Celebrations in Kennebunkport
Memorial Day Parade Routes:
KENNEBUNKPORT: The Memorial Day parade will kick off at 9:30 a.m. Monday, from Temple Street and wind its way through Spring Street and down Western Avenue to Cooper’s Corner and back again. A 21-gun salute will be held at the new Mathew Lanigan Bridge.
CAPE PORPOISE: Half an hour after the ceremony in Dock Square on Monday, a smaller version of the Dock Square parade will move to Cape Porpoise. 11:30am
KENNEBUNK: The Memorial Day parade begins at 2 p.m. Monday in downtown Kennebunk. The route takes marchers along Main Street and features the Kennebunk High School band, among others. A free Memorial Day Wounded Heroes Concert follows at 3 p.m. at the Waterhouse Center.
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