Rockland’s Annual Summer Solstice Celebration includes a Street Party and a Dock Party – Saturday, June 18

June 15, 2022

Rockland Main Street, Inc., produces the Summer Solstice Celebration on Saturday, June 18 in two phases: a fun, family event complete with food, games and activities, and dancing, along with live outdoor musical entertainment on Main Street, which will be closed to vehicular traffic from 4-7 PM. FOR THE 2ND PHASE – The Summer Solstice After Hours Dock Party, from 6:00-10:00 PM. This 21+ Adults-Only-With- I.D. event will have live music featuring RED HOUSE, and DJ Dan Miller, dancing, and a “cash only” bar at Journey’s End Marina at the end of Tillson Avenue, overlooking Rockland Harbor and the breakwater light. All events are FREE to the public.

“We are thrilled to be able to bring back this community celebration after having to cancel for the last two years” said David Gogel, Rockland Main Street, Inc. executive director.

The traditional Summer Solstice Street Party on Main Street, complete with live music, food, fun and family games from 4-7 PM, will precede the Summer Solstice 5th Annual After Hours Dock Party at Journey’s End Marina at the end of Tillson Avenue, featuring a cash-only bar, live music, adult games, dancing, and food for sale from 6-10:00 PM. The street party is family-friendly, while the dock party is strictly adults, 21 and over, with ID. Both events are free to the public – there is no cover charge.

The decades-long tradition for residents from all over the Midcoast region will bring hundreds of families – thousands of people – to a Main Street that will be closed to vehicular traffic. During that time, the street will be filled with pedestrians enjoying live bands, plenty of food, and fun for all ages.

One of the traditional attractions during the street party is the “Wayne Steeves Memorial Whoopie Pie-Eating Contest”, sponsored by Rockland Café, where registration begins at 4:00 and the contest begins at 6:00.

In addition to live bands and plenty of food options, festivities will include games and activities for children, art classes, and so much more!

Downtown shops will be open, and all of the restaurants are expected to be open for dinner.

During this rain-or-shine event, organizers have said that smoking on Main Street will be prohibited, and dogs must be kept on a leash. According to David Gogel, executive director of Rockland Main Street, Inc., Main Street will be closed to vehicular traffic from 3pm – 8 pm starting at the corner of Park Street all the way to Summer Street, but the entire harbor will be accessible to vehicles via Park Drive and the Harbor Park entrance next to Mildred Merrill Park on South Main Street.

Park Drive will be open to provide complete vehicular access to Buoy Park, Lermond’s Cove, Journey’s End Marina on Tillson Avenue, the Landings Restaurant and Marina on Commercial Street. There will be no vehicular access to Main Street via the side streets between Park and Summer. Parking will be available behind the Thorndike block, accessible from lower Tillson, via Park Drive, in the Winter Street parking lot, also accessible via lower Tillson Avenue. Public bathrooms are located on Tillson Avenue.

The Annual Summer Solstice Celebration is produced by Rockland Main Street, Inc. Major sponsors are Journey’s End Marina, First National Bank, Loyal Biscuit Company, Botany, and Bud Light-Valley Beverage.

FMI, contact the executive director at rocklanddowntown@gmail.com or at 207.593.6093.

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