July 3, 2024 | Issue 27

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Please Welcome Our Newest Member, Sea Bags!

Sea Bags are born as sails and transformed into nautically inspired totes and accessories that bring customers great happiness. You see, they believe that sails soak up sun, salt, smiles and adventure.

Of course they clean the sails before they make them into bags, their materials retain the essence of what they once were, where they've been and what they've done. It's this previous life that makes each bag unique. Materials come from Maine first, New England second and USA third. They use one of the last remaining thread manufacturers in the U.S. and one of a few rope manufacturers in New England.

New location at 14 Main Street in downtown Belfast is now open (the old Chamber of Commerce and Information Center location!). Stop by and get yourself a new Sea Bag and many other great gifts and accessories, and then fill up your new bag with all your summer goodies while shopping the area!

FMI: seabags.com | 207.218.7018

Recent New Members:

Daily Soup | Randall Collins VFW Post 3108 | Perfect Edge Lawn Services

Keepsakes | Maine Timber Arts | Wild Grace Farm Store

Volunteer at the Chamber Information Center!

Be an Information Center Greeter at the Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce! Learn more about Belfast & Waldo County, meet great people, share all the wonderful things there are to see and do here and have fun! Shift are 2 hrs and there are options throughout the week! If Interested call 207-338-5900 or email chamberoffice@belfastmaine.org.

July Business After Hours

Every month our Chamber hosts an after hours event designed for members to meet and build relationships with business people from companies and organizations representing a variety of industries in our region. Stop by for a little while or stay and connect! This month we will be hosted by:

Waterfall Arts

Wednesday, July 17, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

256 High St. Belfast, ME

Click Here to see our hosts for the 2024 Business After Hours

Interested in joining the Chamber? Click Here to find out more!

June 27th Newsletter

1) Belfast Summer Nights

2) Chamber Job Search

3) United Realty

4) Daily Soup

5) Waterfall Arts / McKenna

Chamber Job Search (HOT ITEM)

Still looking for that new job? Need to know what's available in the greater Belfast area? We have a great page full of job opportunities large and small!


Chamber Members - you can submit your job postings by logging into your

ChamberMaster account or email chamberoffice@belfastmaine.org

Upcoming Events



Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. and are best viewed from Mill Park.

The parade begins from the State Capitol at 10 a.m.


Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. and are viewable from the Bangor and Brewer waterfront areas. The parade begins at 10 a.m. on Acme Road in Brewer and ends at West Market Square in Bangor. This year’s “Chords for Cure” free concert takes place at the Bangor Waterfront and will feature performances from Aroostook County band Marionette at 5:30 p.m., and Rolling Stones cover band The Stone Doctors at 7:15 p.m. 

Bar Harbor

Fireworks over Frenchman Bay begin at 9:15 p.m. and are viewable from the waterfront in downtown Bar Harbor. Parade begins at 10 a.m. on Main Street, ending at Ledgelawn Avenue. The Bar Harbor Rotary Club is hosting the Fourth of July Seafood Festival and cookout at the Bar Harbor Athletic Field on Park Street from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Live music will be played throughout the afternoon at Agamont Park until 9.m.  


Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m. over the Kennebec River and are viewable from Waterfront Park. The 50th annual Heritage Days Independence Day Parade begins at 10 a.m. and will travel Lincoln, Centre, and Front streets. A 1-mile fun run and a 5-mile race will start at Bath City Hall at 6:15 a.m. The city will hold a number of events through the weekend in celebration of Heritage Days.


Parade will be 10am downtown, 11am - 1pm Antique Vehicle & Equipment Show at Community Park, Children's Filed Games & Face Painting from 1130am - 130pm, Chicken BBQ at 12pm ($12),


Fireworks to begin at 9:00pm in the harbor, rain date TBD


Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. The parade begins at 10 a.m. at Tradewinds Market. On Wednesday, country music artist Darryl Worley will play at the Clinton Fairgrounds at 8 p.m. The fairgrounds will open at noon on both Wednesday, July 3 and Thursday the Fourth.


Friday, July 5, 7pm Variety Show at Searsport District HS

Saturday, July 6, 8am-10am Rowboat Races at Hamilton Wharf

930 - 1130 Organizations and Vendors downtown

11am - Parade

3pm-6pm Art Walk downtown

Two way traffic open!!


Fireworks will start at dusk on the Fourth behind the block on Valley Street.

Parade starts at 11 a.m. on Main Street. Live music will be played throughout the afternoon.

Announcements & News

Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition Hosts Greatest Hits Hike July 20

Belfast Rotary Club Selects Jerri Finch Artwork for Belfast Harbor Fest

BlueJacket Shipcrafters 4th of July Sale

Coastal Mountains Land Trust Hosts Waldo Walk July 10 and 'Insect Bonanza' July 13

Earthways Guide Service - Few Spots Left for 'Plants and People' Trip July 28 - Aug 2

Marsh River Cooperative - July is Volunteer Month

The Parsonage Presents ‘In League with Devils’ Alongside Summer Group Exhibition, New Sculpture Garden July 14 (PBP)

Searsport Shores Armenian Picnic Supports the Children's Pottery Program in Berdavan Armenia

USDA Rural Development to Help Finance Healthy Food Projects in Areas Underserved by Grocery Stores

Waldo Community Action Partners Opens New Digital Applications for Annual Backpack Project

Wood Thrush Wilderness - Guide Pack Basket & Farmers Market Basket Class in Rockport July 17 & 18

Member Promotions

Consider Becoming a Chamber Member!

Our Vision is that the Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce will be recognized as a major catalyst for developing a thriving and connected business community and visitor destination choice in the region.

The Mission of the Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce

is to champion a thriving business environment for its members through promotion, networking, advocacy, community partnerships and access to relevant information.

Follow the link above to find information about membership benefits and learn how we can promote you and help you achieve your goals. Your support helps us to better promote our region and businesses!

Community Links:

Belfast Free Library | City of Belfast | Harbormaster

Public Transportation | Waldo County General Hospital | YMCA

*** Weekly Deadline for Newsletter Submissions is Tuesday by 4pm ***

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Your Chamber Working For You!

Dorothy Havey, Executive Director


Scott Smith, Operations Manager


Board of Directors

President / Erin Merrifield, RE/MAX Jaret & Cohn

Vice President / Chris Nickerson, Whale's Tooth Pub, Northport Inn & Lodge

Treasurer / Michelle Curtis, First National Bank

Secretary / Megan Day, Waldo County General Hospital

Paul Dean, Councilor, City of Belfast

John McKeith, The Belfast Center

Elaine Potoker, Interloqui

Terri Tower, Camden National Bank

Mary Tripp, Bank of America

Travis Wood, Waldo County Technical Center

Staff Photography by Dave Waddell, Down East Magazine

Our Vision

The Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) will be recognized as a major catalyst for developing

a thriving and connected business community and visitor destination of choice in the region.

Our Mission

The Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce promotes a dynamic economy and strong communities through economic development, promotion of our region, business advocacy, and member services for Waldo County and beyond.


33 Main St. | PO Box 58 | Belfast, ME. 04915

207-338-5900 | www.belfastmaine.org

Administrative Office Hours: Mon - Fri, 9am - 5pm

Information Center: Daily, 9am - 5pm