Rockland will celebrate Maine’s bicentennial belatedly with a free party for all ages on the harbor, designed to highlight the role of the marine trades and mariners in the story of the Pine Tree State, on Friday, July 2.

Rockland- and Camden-based boats of the Maine Windjammer Association will sail in the afternoon and then tie up on the city docks for a recognition ceremony and the 150th birthdays of the vessels Stephen Taber and Lewis R. French, followed by a concert featuring local singer-songwriter Bella Barnes, Schooner Fare and the Dave Mallett Band on the Fisherman’s Memorial Stage from 7 to 9:30 p.m. and fireworks at the harbor at 9:30.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs. Organizers will monitor numbers and encourage attendees to spread out to allow for social distancing. Should adjustments or changes become necessary due to COVID, there will be updates posted at, on social media and in the local press.