AUBURN, Maine (AP) — The bicentennial parade that will celebrate 200 years of Maine statehood will finally take place in August after a long delay caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Maine Bicentennial Commission said Tuesday the State of Maine Bicentennial Parade Presented by Poland Spring will take place on Aug. 21 in downtown Auburn and Lewiston. The event was originally slated for spring 2020. The delay means Maine will actually be 201 years old during the event.

Event planners "are very excited that the pandemic response has progressed to point that will now allow us to share the excitement of this event with people throughout Maine,” said the bicentennial commission chair, Democratic Sen. William Diamond.

The parade is among numerous bicentennial events that were postponed by the coronavirus pandemic. The commission said more details about the plans for the event will be released when the parade date nears.

In other pandemic news in Maine:


More than 70% of Maine residents who are eligible for the coronavirus vaccine have had at least one shot, Democratic Gov. Janet Mills said Tuesday. That means the state has far surpassed President Joe Biden's goal of getting 70% of American adults a shot by July 4, she said.

“We are getting shots into arms at a nation-leading pace, seeing our case counts trend downward, and getting back to normal,” Mills said.

The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases in Maine did not increase over the past two weeks, going from 278.14 new cases per day on May 10 to 146.43 new cases per day on May 24. The seven-day rolling average of daily deaths in Maine has risen over the past two weeks from 1.00 deaths per day on May 10 to 2.71 deaths per day on May 24.

The AP is using data collected by Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering to measure outbreak caseloads and deaths across the United States.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Wednesday that 825 people have died of coronavirus in the state since the start of the pandemic. The state has also been the site of more than 67,000 cases of the virus.

Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah said the number of daily deaths is not trending up at a rate that is alarming to public health authorities. He added that the number of daily deaths is still very low.

“It's still deeply saddening and we mourn the loss of those individuals,” he said.



The Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine in Portland plans to open to the public in its new location on June 24.

The museum closed at its old location on Free Street at the start of the coronavirus pandemic and then announced in October that it would not reopen that location. It will now be located at a new 30,000-square-foot facility at Thompson’s Point.

The museum said in a statement that when it reopens “it will do so with protocols in place to keep visitors safe, including: timed ticketing, reduced building capacity, social distancing, enhanced cleaning, and mandatory mask wearing of all visitors five years old and up.”