The nation’s birthday is just around the corner, and we happen to think there aren’t many better places to celebrate it than Ogunquit, Maine! Here are 10 of the best 4th of July activities to enjoy on a summertime visit to the Beautiful Place by the Sea.
(1) Enjoy the Finest in Independence Day Hospitality at the Last of Ogunquit’s Great Hotels
You wouldn’t think we’d put anything else first, now would you? We’d love to host you for the 4th of July here at the Colonial Inn, where we’ll bowl you over with our beautiful accommodations, our amenity-rich service, and our outstanding Shore Road location.
(2) Take in the Fireworks at Ogunquit Beach
It’s not a proper Independence Day celebration without some pyrotechnics, right? And Ogunquit delivers on that count in spades with its 4th of July fireworks show, taking place right along the oceanfront at Ogunquit Beach. A spectacle you won’t want to miss!
(3) Lounge at the Beach
And speaking of the beach, your home base at the Colonial Inn puts the lovely sands of Ogunquit’s seashore at your full disposal. Ease into full-on vacation mode with an afternoon wiled away on Ogunquit Beach—and if you’re an early riser, consider taking in an unforgettable sunrise over the Gulf of Maine.
(4) Eat Lobster
The flavor of fresh-caught lobster: the flavor of the Maine coast! From downtown Ogunquit to Perkins Cove, you don’t have any shortage of seafood establishments at which to enjoy this quintessential culinary pleasure of coastal New England: whether in boiled-whole, roll, or any other mouthwatering form.
(5) Walk the Marginal Way
Ogunquit’s beautiful coastal path is one of the town’s true treasures, and has been for many decades. The scenery along the Marginal Way, which runs between Ogunquit Beach and Perkins Cove, never gets old, and it’s a fine destination for a 4th of July stroll.
(6) Take a Boat Cruise Out of Perkins Cove
The fishing nook of Perkins Cove provides an excellent point of embarkation for scenic cruises along our Southern Maine coast, fishing charters, and other offshore fun.
(7) Catch a 4th of July Show at the Ogunquit Playhouse
During the 4th of July stretch, the famous Ogunquit Playhouse is putting on Oklahoma!, quite the appropriately American musical for the occasion!
(8) Visit the Ogunquit Museum of American Art
Another Ogunquit treasure, our very own highly regarded art museum offers both a fascinating permanent collection and a reliably rich program of seasonal exhibitions. Around Independence Day, you can take in This Side of Paradise: American Artists of the Paris Salon, The View From Narrow Cove, Surrounded: Sampling Burchfield’s Wallpaper, and Steve Hawley: Studio Light, the last day of which is the 4th.
(9) Explore Ogunquit’s Art Galleries
On the subject of art, Ogunquit also comes very well endowed with galleries: a joy to drift among on a summer’s day!
(10) Take a Scenic Drive
Whether up or down the coast, our hinterland offers beautiful seaside views as well as towns and villages almost as bewitching as Ogunquit.
Make your 4th of July reservations at the Colonial Inn today, and experience this defining summer holiday amid the loveliness of Ogunquit!