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Spruce Point Inn at the center of July Fourth celebrations


The Inn is always hopping during Fourth of July week, and it looks like 2012 will be no exception. Boothbay Harbor has a rich history, so what better place could there be to celebrate our nation’s birthday?

If you enjoy art, you should check out the Boothbay Region Art Foundation’s July Member Show (www.boothbayartists.org/), which features paintings, sculptures, photography and prints by more than 100 artist members from the Boothbay region. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays.

Early in the evening of July 4, you can take a Red Cloak Haunted History Tour (www.redcloakhauntedhistorytours.com) of Boothbay Harbor to learn about some of the history, spirits and mystery of our favorite Maine fishing village. Reservations are required.

A private harbor tour laves from the Inn's dock at 9 p.m. for the fireworks over the harbor. Reservations are required and may be made at the Inn's front desk. If it rains or if it's too foggy, the fireworks will be launched on July 5.

The friendship sloop Sarah Mead has three tours a day from the Inn's dock -- a morning cruse from 9 a.m. to noon; an island tour from 1 to 4 p.m. and a sunset cruise at 5 p.m.

The celebration doesn’t end with the fireworks on July 4, however. The Opera House and Boothbay Harbor (www.boothbayoperahouse.org)has scheduled some terrific music for Friday evening, July 6, when Celtic violinist Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul will be in the house. Ivers is a nine-time All-Ireland Fiddle Champion, and she’s performed with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops and pop musicians such as Patti Smith, Sting and Hall & Oates. Ivers plays the fiddle like you’ve never heard it before. The show starts at 8 p.m.

The Spruce Point Inn is a great place to set up your vacation base camp and relax in between all of the Independence Day celebrations.