What You Need to Know About Maine’s Bicentennial

What better way to celebrate 2020 than with Maine’s Bicentennial? Ring in 200 years of rocky coastal views, fresh Maine lobstah, and miles of evergreen pine trees. Let us reintroduce you to the beauty of Coastal Maine this year. From kayaking the brackish waterways to hiking through Acadia National Park, we have the perfect way for you to experience our slice of heaven.

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Everything You Need to Know About Maine’s Bicentennial

Discover the best of Maine this year during Maine’s Bicentennial. The celebration marks 200 years of awe-inspiring sight-seeing, decadently fresh culinary dishes, thrilling outdoor recreation, and so much more! Find your piece of paradise on the Maine Coast this year.

The Events

  • Statehood Weekend: March 15th, 2020

Welcome in spring at Maine’s Statehood Day Celebration. The event is held in the capital city of Augusta and is open to the public. Come out for a brisk afternoon Maine's Bicentennial Paradeof speeches, poems, live music, cake, and so much more to celebrate Maine’s 200th birthday!  

  • Bicentennial Parade: May 16th, 2020

Maine’s Bicentennial Parade will be one of the largest parades in the state this year. With viewing areas in both Auburn and Lewiston, the all-American event will include the State of Maine Bicentennial Band, veteran floats, and children’s activities. 

  • Tall Ship’s Festival: June 21st-July 20th, 2020

Witness some of Maine’s most treasured vessels at the Tall Ship’s Festival this summer. The festival begins at Boothbay Harbor and sails south where it ends dockside in Casco Bay. Come out to see these majestic ships for yourself this year.

The Programs

Maine BicentennialLeave your mark on Maine this year at one of Maine200’s signature programs. Throw your shovel of dirt over the bicentennial’s time capsule or assist in planting some of the state’s most coveted pieces of nature—its White Pine trees. Whether you’re looking to learn more about the state or simply enjoy the ambiance, there’s a spot for you at one of the several programs. 

The Project

Snag your copy of Maine’s Bicentennial Community Cookbook. The book is a collaborative project made up of savory recipes from Maine’s top chefs, famous Maine-locals, and everyday Maine-natives. It includes 200 detailed recipes as well as a brief overview of Maine’s culinary history.

Celebrate Maine’s Bicentennial From Pilgrim’s Inn

room 4 pilgrim's inn beautiful bed natural light blue accentsThere is no better place to celebrate the Pine Tree State than from the comforts of Pilgrim’s Inn. Book your stay in Room Four and enjoy views of Mill Pond, a king-size oak bed, and a housemade breakfast featuring the freshest local ingredients. 

Want to visit the blooming daffodils this spring? Book two nights between May 18 and June 19 and get your third night 30% off! Embrace the stillness of the coast even more with a picnic lunch! Our two-person package perfectly complements any Maine adventure from sailing to backpacking. We are so excited to welcome you to Maine!