Stars and Stripes Spectacular

  • Saturday, July 5, 2014 at 7:40 PM
    Eastern Promenade, Portland

Re-scheduled for Saturday, July 5! Join your PSO for Maine’s largest annual Independence Day celebration! This year’s Stars and Stripes Spectacular features a brilliant fireworks display, beautiful bay views, food vendors, and — of course — a stirring patriotic performance by the Portland Symphony Orchestra with special guests Suzanne Nance, the Middlesex County Volunteers Fifes & Drums, and contest winner Kelsey Walker, who will sing the Star Spangled Banner!

This event is free and open to the public.

Before the Show

The Stars and Stripes Spectacular is Maine’s largest annual Independence Day celebration!

Your Portland Symphony, led by Music Director Robert Moody, will play a program of patriotic marches in tandem with a fabulous fireworks show. Over 50,000 people are expected to attend this outdoor event, held on Portland’s Eastern Prom. The free concert begins at 7:40pm, but many people gather earlier in the day to picnic, play on the lawn, visit the vendors or just enjoy the beauty of a perfect Maine summer day. For more details visit

Rain date: July 5.

VIP tickets, with reserved parking, transportation to the Eastern Prom, and reserved table seating near the concert stage, are available here.

This year marks the 200 anniversary of the Star-Spangled Banner. To help celebrate this milestone 94.9 WHOM sponsored an online and on air singing contest. The winner, Kelsey Walker, a seventh grader from Barrington NH, will sing the National Anthem as part of the “Stars & Stripes Spectacular” with the Portland Symphony Orchestra.

More Information

Robert Moody Robert Moody, conductor
Norman Huynh Norman Huynh, assistant conductor
 Suzanne Nance Suzanne Nance, vocalist
Patriotic Pops Chorus - Richard G. Nickerson, director (also known as Magic of Christmas Chorus)
 Fifers Middlesex County Volunteers Fifes & Drums
Key Star Spangled Banner
Williams Music from The Patriot
Trad. arr. Erb Shenendoah
Styne “Don’t Rain on My Parade” from Funny Girl
Williams Music from Jurassic Park
Copland "The Promise of Living" suite from The Tender Land, accompanying “On the Pulse of the Morning,” Bill Clinton's inaugural poem
Kandor A Letter from Sullivan Ballou
Lowden Armed Forces Salute
Trad. arr. Wilhouski Battle Hymn of the Republic
Tchaikovsky Overture to 1812
Sousa The Washington Post March
Alford Colonel Bogey March
Sousa The Liberty Bell
Traditional The Maine Stein Song
Trad. arr. Dragon America the Beautiful
Berlin/Ades God Bless America
Sousa Stars and Stripes Forever