Take a deep breath! Traveling to Bar Harbor just became a little easier, as the Route 3, Bar Harbor Corridor construction has paused starting today, June 29th and won't begin until Monday, July 9th.

Even though construction has paused, the detour remains in effect, and remember commercial vehicles should not be using the Park Loop Road detour! There have been instances when vehicles have been pulled over for not following the rules. It is so important to drive carefully and slowly on the detour route. There will be increased traffic over the Holiday, and visitors to our area are probably not familiar with the detour route.

Photo Maine DOT

Remember the Bar Harbor Police Department have established special routes for those watching the fireworks on the 4th of July. Some of the best fireworks in the State of Maine are in Bar Harbor, with thousands upon thousands coming down to the Island to celebrate the 4th. There's so much to do and see and eat and drink!

The day's festivities kick off with a huge Blueberry Pancake Breakfast from 6-10AM on the Athletic fields down across from the YMCA. Then at 10AM there's a HUGE parade, that typically lasts around a hour, there are so many floats. It goes down Main Street to Cottage Street and thousands line the parade route. There are lobster races at the ballfield and then a huge seafood festival from 11 to 2!

From 11AM on there will be music down on the Town Pier, with live music from Roc Babi, The Blake Rosso Band and The Crown Vics from 3:30 to 9PM.

Then at approximately 9:15 there are fireworks over Frenchman Bay! One of the best places to view the fireworks is in Agamont Park, which becomes a sea of blankets throughout the day, as families set up to listen to music, walk around the town and enjoy the fireworks.

Because of the continued road construction on Route 3, and the detour in place, the Bar Harbor Police Department has come up with a new map to help direct the thousands of people who will be celebrating the 4th of July out of Bar Harbor.

Bar Harbor Police Department/Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce

The key to remember that all vehicles parked North of Mount Desert Street will be directed to Cottage and West Street an out West Street Extension to Paradise Hill Road (Acadia National Park) to Hulls Cove and then back onto Route 3.

All Vehicles parked South of Mount Desert Street will be direct out the Eagle Lake Road. Eden Street Hotel traffic on this route will be directed onto Paradise Hill Road (Acadia National Park) to Hulls Cove and then back onto Route 3.