Rather than fight the crowds in Bar Harbor for the fireworks, why not try watching from atop Cadillac? How about having a cookout at one of the six picnic areas in Acadia National Park? Or, for a patriotic tour, why not retrace the historic visit by President Barack Obama and his family in July 2010?
President Barack Obama and family hiked the Cadillac Summit Loop on their July 2010 visit to Acadia National Park (White House photo)
There may be no better way to celebrate Independence Day than at one of America’s best ideas, the National Parks. For new and repeat visitors to Acadia, there are plenty of tried-and-true or off-the-beaten-path methods to mark the founding of our country.
Among the July 4 weekend activities, from the Acadia National Park calendar: Take a cruise to Baker Island or Islesford, walk along Cadillac Summit Loop, learn about park founder George B. Dorr at the “Missing Mansion” tour, or introduce the youngsters in your lives to the wonders of nature through a tidepool visit. Continue reading
We’re always looking for different ways to help support Acadia National Park. Being a member of Friends of Acadia is one way. So is educating through this Web site and our hiking books.
Eastern National runs the bookstore at Acadia National Park’s Hulls Cove Visitor Center
And as we’ve learned writing this blog, another way is to patronize Eastern National, the nonprofit that runs the Hulls Cove Visitor Center bookstore, an e-commerce site, and more than 275 shops in parks and other public trusts across the country.
The organization, founded by park rangers in 1947, has donated more than $107 million to National Parks and other sites from Maine to South Dakota.
In honor of Independence Day, Eastern National’s e-commerce site is offering a discount of 17.76% – get it, 1776? – through July 10. See the Affiliated Partners ad on this page. That’s beyond the recent 15% sitewide discount that they’ve been offering. Continue reading