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Portland, Maine, was first settled by the English in 1632. Take a two and a half hour tour of the Old Port and learn about all that has happened in the last 391 years.
Take the Old Port 4th of July Historic Walking Tour and learn about the history of Portland. This will be happening on Tuesday, July 4, 2023, from 11 am to 1:30 pm.
Did you know that 157 years ago Portland’s Great Fire started on the 4th of July? It was the first Independence Day celebration after the end of the Civil War. This was America’s largest fire until the Great Chicago five years later. You’ll hear how the fire happened, how it spread and how the people of Portland moved on from all the damage.
You’ll see some of Portland’s lovely architecture, monuments, historical landmarks and more. Learn how prohibition affected Portland and hear about the famous “Rum Riot.”
The Old Port is a quaint historic district with cobblestone streets. You’ll see brick buildings housing boutiques, art galleries, gourmet food stores and souvenir shops. Portland’s nightlife is here with pubs, breweries and cocktail bars, drawing young crowds. It also has a lively dining scene with stylish restaurants and traditional seafood eateries by the waterfront.
Your tour guide will take you through the Old Port and discuss its history. She can also talk about some of the best places to sample Portland’s great craft beer, point out some of her favorite Old Port restaurants and discuss the Old Port nightlife. Your guide can also tell you where the places are to view the holiday fireworks. Come and enjoy this memorable 4th of July Historic Walking Tour with over 50 historic stops.
The founder of Old Port Historic Tours and your tour guide, Leigh Rush Olson, has a BA in History. She is a Daughter of the American Revolution and served two terms as Maine State American History Chairwoman and is a certified Portland History Docent. You will be in very capable hands.
If you are interested in saving money on this tour, book it here and save $3.99 on each ticket.