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Originally published in The Weekly Packet, July 10, 2014
Tropical storm stays away long enough for July 4 festivities in Brooklin

by Kelley Buck

Despite the less than optimistic weather forecast on the morning of July 4, the town of Brooklin slowly awoke in preparation for the annual parade. The air was thick with humidity and infused with the sound of people gathering in the street. Cars from places near and far began to line the road, people pulled chairs out into their front lawns, and children squatted by the side of the pavement with hands in their pockets, soon to be filled with candy.

Happy Independence Day Brooklin! Despite the less than optimistic weather forecast on the morning of July 4, 2014 the town of Brooklin, Maine celebrates Independence Day with, of course, a parade. Photos by Kelley Buck.

Every year, the parade also brings opportunity to local businesses, including Tilia Gallery and the Brooklin General Store, which serves as the hub of the socializing action prior to the parade. Lemonade and muffin stands also popped up along the street. Sarah Brown, perched atop her food truck titled Sarahndipity, was one of the vendors lining the street. This was her first year selling her pies and baked goods this way, after the Kickstarter community helped her raise the money last year to start her own business. That morning she had parked by the side of the road in anticipation of hungry parade-goers.

Stars of the show ranged from the Brooklin Volunteer Fire Department to a float for the “Future Boatbuilders of America” to a white pony painted to resemble a zebra. Locals drove old-fashioned cars through the middle of the parade, with participants like Andy Oldman from Seal Cove Auto Museum.

The procession lasted about 15 minutes, but the festivities on the town common following the parade continued throughout the day. Children played games on the lawn, and the Brooklin Youth Corps served food. “We do two gigs a year where we provide food,” said Mia Vierthaler, a participant in the BYC, “the Fourth of the July parade, and the Eggemoggin Reach Regatta.”