There is no place like Boothbay Harbor during the summertime! Not only do we boast incredible weather and sun-soaked beaches, but we’re also the host to one of Maine’s most highly-anticipated events of the summer. Boothbay Harbor Windjammer Days celebrates Maine’s rich maritime heritage with an entire week of sailing, parades, family activities, and so much more! If you’re planning a trip to Boothbay Harbor this summer, you won’t want to leave this fun-filled festival off your vacation itinerary!
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History of Boothbay Harbor Windjammer Days
In the spring of 1962, Captain David and Marion Dash were enjoying the view of a foggy harbor from their back porch. As they watched a group of windjammers patiently waiting for the thick fog to lift, an idea suddenly struck. Thus, Windjammer Days was born! Invitations were sent to schooners along the New England Coast requesting their presence at a festival in Boothbay Harbor.
More than 50 years later, the “festival of sailing ships” has become a cornerstone of celebration in the community. It is a time for families, neighbors, and visitors alike to come together and support local businesses while honoring a tradition that has played a vital role in the community for hundreds of years. It’s a great way to kick start the summer with your family and make memories that will last a lifetime.
What to Expect at the Boothbay Harbor Windjammer Days 2017
This June 25th – July 1st, the 55th Annual Windjammer Days Festival will be sailing its way into Boothbay Harbor! Anyone is welcome to participate in the festivities and immerse in Maine’s rich maritime culture. Here are just a few of the most popular events of the festival that you definitely won’t want to miss!
Blessing of the Fleet (June 25th)
To commemorate those who have been lost at sea and pray for the safety of those who make a living on the water, the community comes together to watch the Blessing of the Fleet. The ceremony is performed at Fisherman’s Memorial Park on the Atlantic Avenue.
The Grand Parade of Sail (June 28th)
When the windjammers glide into Boothbay Harbor, it is one of the most majestic and revered moments of the entire festival. Not only are these vessels a part of living history, but they are highly respected among the community. The ships will arrive just after 1 p.m., so be sure to get a decent viewing spot before then! The best places to watch the grand parade are Whale Park, the Footbridge, Fisherman’s Memorial, and the Aquarium on McKown Point.
Fireworks Over the Harbor (June 28th)
Now that the windjammers are in town, the celebration can begin! Find a cozy spot along the shore or in a local establishment with water views. That way, you can enjoy a front row seat of the grand Windjammer Days Fireworks display!
Tug-o-War (July 1st)
Challenge your friends and family to one of the most epic tug-o-war tournaments in the nation! The rope spans 700 feet, running all the way from the east to west ends of the harbor. Anyone is welcome to join in the friendly competition or watch from the footbridge. Who will be the ultimate tug-o-war champion of 2017?
Pirates of the Dark Rose (All Week Long)
Ahoy mateys! Children and adults alike have enjoyed meeting and interacting with the Pirates of the Dark Rose for many years. Aboard the “Must Roos,” the pirates wash ashore with cannons, blades, birds, and a desire to create fun for all! They offer cannon lessons to all the little lads and lasses, invite their friends to come aboard their ship, and even search among the crowds for their next pirate recruits. These scallywags are an annual family favorite!
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