Independence Day celebrations include a boat parade around Lake Pennesseewassee on Saturday afternoon. Supplied photo

REGION — With the Fourth of July falling on a Monday this year, people around Oxford Hills have a full weekend of events to choose from to celebrate Independence Day.

Otisfield will host its annual Fourth of July parade on Monday the fourth. The July 4 Parade starts at 10 a.m. on State Route 121, near Spurr’s Corner. Prior to the parade, there will be a cookie contest at the Fire Barn. Contestants should bring two dozen cookies to enter. The top three winners will receive cash prizes. The winners’ cookies will be auctioned off to the highest bidders.

Another parade tradition will start weekend celebrations at Lake Pennesseewassee on Saturday at 3 p.m. This will mark the boat parade’s sixth year, which starts at the boat ramp and makes its way around the lake. Spectators can watch from roadside along State Routes 117 and 118.

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Fireworks enthusiasts have a choice of days and locations in several towns. On July 2 in Oxford, fireworks are set to start after 9 p.m. during two weekend races that will get underway at 5 p.m.

Also on Saturday, fireworks will be held at the Bethel Inn in Bethel (start time is 9:15 p.m.) and in Fryeburg (8:30 p.m., display to start after dark) at the Field of Dreams Fryeburg Recreation Center.

On Sunday, Bridgton will cap off its day of craft fairs, concerts and kids’ events with a fireworks display at Stevens Brook Elementary School. Start time is set for 9 p.m.

And on Monday, the Fourth of July, Naples will set off its annual fireworks at the Norway Causeway, starting at dusk.

People should check their town ordinances before setting off fireworks. Norway bans all fireworks and anyone setting them off risks a $200 fine.

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