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Events
Scheduling is in flux for the many celebratory and informative events planned by the Maine Bicentennial Commission, cultural organizations, schools and communities. The good news is that most will be postponed till later this year or 2021—check back here for updates.

COVID-19 UPDATE: MOST BICENTENNIAL EVENTS ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED FOR MARCH–MAY, 2020 HAVE BEEN POSTPONED, AND WILL BE RESCHEDULED ONCE THE COURSE OF THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK IS BETTER KNOWN.

NOTE THAT COMMUNITY GRANTS CONTINUE TO BE AWARDED AS PLANNED, PROVIDING MUCH-NEEDED FUNDING FOR LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS PREPARING BICENTENNIAL-RELATED EVENTS.

PLEASE CHECK BACK OFTEN FOR THE LATEST UPDATES.

maine200 signature events

The Maine Bicentennial Commission is sponsoring five major events to celebrate Maine200:

SAILING SHIPS FESTIVAL

June 21-july 13, 2020

up & DOWN the coast

Ports of call will include Bangor, Belfast, Bucksport, Castine, Rockland, and Searsport. Boothbay Harbor and Portland have been postponed to 2021.

bicentennial parade

august 15, 2020

auburn/lewiston

An historic parade celebrating Maine's veterans, youth, and culture, with floats, bands and more from across Maine.

STATEHOOD DAY

september 27, 2020

augusta

The public is invited to join us for an afternoon of speeches, music, poems, birthday cake and much more. 

time capsule sealing

fall, 2020

Augusta

A collection of items installed on the State Capitol grounds for future generations to discover. More details coming soon!

events calendar

COVID-19 UPDATE: MOST BICENTENNIAL EVENTS ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED FOR MARCH–MAY, 2020 HAVE BEEN POSTPONED, AND WILL BE RESCHEDULED ONCE THE COURSE OF THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK IS BETTER KNOWN.

NOTE THAT COMMUNITY GRANTS CONTINUE TO BE AWARDED AS PLANNED, PROVIDING MUCH-NEEDED FUNDING FOR LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS PREPARING BICENTENNIAL-RELATED EVENTS.

PLEASE CHECK BACK OFTEN FOR THE LATEST UPDATES.

 

Submit an Event

Submissions must be open and accessible to the public, relevant to the bicentennial commemoration, and include a title, brief description, and image. Events listed on this calendar are not necessarily endorsed by the Maine Bicentennial Commission. Get more information on applying for a Maine200 endorsement of your event.

Events Calendar

May 15, 2017 - May 14, 2019 05/15/2017 - 05/14/2019
Maine200 Launch
Maine200 Launch
Oct 2, 2018
Time: 9:30 AM
Maine Historical Society
Maine Bicentennial Commission to launch website, outreach campaign
Commission Meeting
Commission Meeting
Nov 15, 2018
Time: 2:00 PM
Maine State Library Conference Room
The Official State of Maine Bicentennial Commission meets regularly to plan events and get out the word about the exciting two years ahead. Meetings are open to the public and your participation is welcome!
Maine's Home Movies: Treasures from Northeast Historic Film
Maine's Home Movies: Treasures from Northeast Historic Film
Jan 2, 2019
Time: 9:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Maine Public Television
Maine's Home Movies: Treasures from Northeast Historic Film
Maine's Home Movies: Treasures from Northeast Historic Film
Jan 4, 2019
Time: 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Maine Public Television
Exploring Wabanaki Maine History
Exploring Wabanaki Maine History
Jan 11, 2019
Time: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Lithgow Public Library, 45 Winthrop Street, Augusta ME 04330
In January, join us for "Exploring Wabanaki Maine History," presented by Maine-Wabanaki REACH. During this interactive story-telling experience, we will learn about events in the collective history of Wabanaki people (the Indigenous people of Maine) and Europeans and their descendants.
Maine Bicentennial Discussion Group
Maine Bicentennial Discussion Group
Mar 7, 2019
Time: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Liberty Library
Maine 199: Bicentennial or Bust
Maine 199: Bicentennial or Bust
Mar 15, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Morgan Hill Event Center, Hermon
Holding Up the Sky: Wabanaki People, Culture, History & Art
Holding Up the Sky: Wabanaki People, Culture, History & Art
Apr 12, 2019 to Feb 1, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress Street, Portland, Maine
Holding up the Sky explores Wabanaki philosophies of leadership and obligation relating to humans and non-humans by highlighting 13,000 years of Wabanaki residence in what is now known as Maine.