BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Bangor is bringing back its Fourth of July celebration with a road race, parade and fireworks.

Organizers say Gov. Janet Mills' decision to lift restrictions and physical distancing requirements last month gave them the green light to move forward with the celebration.

“It’s going to be nice to get back out in the sunshine, see the parade units rolling down across two cities, and have a lot of money go up in smoke basically," Michael Fern, president of the Greater Bangor 4th of July Corporation, told WABI-TV.

Most of the events are expected to take place, with the exception of a pancake breakfast and charity concert.

Such Independence Day celebrations are going to be hit or miss.

Portland already announced that Portland Symphony Orchestra will not performing on the Eastern Promenade, but it hasn't yet decided whether there will be fireworks.

In other pandemic-related news:



The daily number of COVID-19 infections continues to stay under 100, but the state recorded its first deaths in nearly a week.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported 61 infections and two deaths on Wednesday.

The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases in Maine has dipped from 237 new cases per day on May 17 to 97 new cases per day on May 31.