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July 4 Festivities

Oh say can you see, the spectacular fireworks that are put on at dusk each year on the Fourth of July in the Kennebunks?

   Of course you can — if you know where to go. The fireworks are actually set off near the jetty by Kennebunk Beach, but there are great viewing spots all around. Here are some of our favorite locations:

* At Kennebunk Beach. Come early, park the car (a parking pass is required) and spend some time relaxing before the show starts around dusk. Bring your own chair or blanket and a picnic dinner. The whole beach has a party feeling. Remember: leaving may be a bit slow-going, but not as bad as you think it might be.

* At St. Ann’s on Ocean Avenue in Kennebunkport. Park along Ocean Avenue or on side streets (the police will direct
you) and walk to St. Ann’s, where you’ll have a gorgeous panoramic view of the fireworks. This location, too, has a party feel, as hundreds gather to watch.

* At one of the great waterfront restaurants in the area. Try a cocktail out on the lawn at the Colony or the Nonantum,  both on Ocean Avenue, which both offer great views of the fireworks. How about dinner at Stripers at the Breakwater Inn, followed by catching the fireworks out on the back lawn? Or at Ocean at Cape Arundel Inn, followed by fireworks-watching on the front porch? You can try the Arundel Wharf on Ocean Avenue for dinner and fireworks, and Salt & Honey in Union Square, too. Call early: reservations book up fast.