PORTLAND – The Portland Symphony Orchestra’s annual Independence Pops concerts featuring favorite patriotic works will take place at three Southern Maine locations, beginning July 1.

The performances take place:

• Thursday, July 1, at Highland Green in Topsham.

• Friday, July 2, at Fort Williams Park in Cape Elizabeth.

• Saturday, July 3, at Shawnee Peak in Bridgton.

All performances will begin at 7:30 p.m., with the gates opening at 5:30 p.m.

This year’s Independence Pops will provide a patriotic celebration of favorite marches, movie music and melodies led by Toshiyuki Shimada, music director and conductor.

The first half of each concert will celebrate the American tradition of film music, including the sounds of such blockbusters as “Gone with the Wind,” “Titanic,” “Indiana Jones,” “Spiderman,” “Star Wars” and “Out of Africa.”

The second half of the program will have such patriotic works as “America the Beautiful,” “The Stars and Stripes Forever,” a tribute to the nation’s military and the Independence Pops’ tradition of Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture,” complete with its booming cannons, cathedral bells and victory hymn.

The gates open two hours before the concert at each site. Audience members are being encouraged to arrive early for the best seating locations and to bring a picnic, lawn chair or blanket, and flashlight.

Free parking will be available at each location.

Rain sites

In the event of inclement weather, the Bridgton concert will be in the Lake Region High School gym in Naples, the Topsham concert will be in Mount Ararat High School gym and the Cape Elizabeth concert, in the Cumberland County Civic Center.

The decision to move the concert to the rain site will be made by 2:30 p.m. on the day of the concert and will be announced on WHOM 94.9 FM and online at www.portlandsymphony.com, organizers said.

Advance general-admission tickets for lawn seating are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors and groups of 10 or more, and $14 for students with ID and youths under the age of 18. Tickets purchased at the gate will be $22, $20 and $18 respectively. Children under the age of 2 are admitted free.

Tickets may be purchased through PortTix (20 Myrtle St., Portland, (207) 842-0800) or online at www.portlandsymphony.com. Bridgton concert tickets may be purchased in advance at Bridgton Books, Bridgton Pharmacy, Shawnee Peak and Sporthaus. Topsham tickets may be purchased in advance at Brunswick Bookland and MacBeans Music, also in Brunswick.

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