Saturday, July 21, 2012

Guess the Holiday

Nine decorated boats: Nine USA "Holidays" represented.  Can you guess which they are?
Hint:  "holiday" is used loosely.
Their balloons are yellow, purple and green.  Red balloons are another boat.
The other side of the boat says: "WINTER", and the small hut up front is labeled "Phil"

They also towed a rigid inflatable with a lonely witch in it
The girl's sign says "Shop 'Til You Drop" and she called out "Buy More Stuff!"

Holiday answers are given in the first comment.

What is this??   On July 21, Hamlin Marine in Hampden, Maine sponsored its first waterfront festival, including a holiday boat parade and a fishing tournament.  We arrived at the public launch just as the boat parade was coalescing.  Once gathered, they headed upriver to Bangor, at a pace so stately that we were able to paddle ahead of them and position ourselves by the Bangor docks.  That gave us the opportunity to call out to all the pilots and verify their chosen holidays.

We use Hampden's Boat Launch frequently as it provides easy all-tides access to the Penobscot River.  One paddle we've blogged about from there is The Canals of Bangor.  In addition to Hamlin Marine, McLaughlin's Seafood has a restaurant and take-out on-site. 


  1. 1. Christmas. 2. Mardi Gras. 3. Ground Hog Day, 4. Valentine's Day. 5. Halloween. 6. Cinco de Mayo. 7. Memorial Day. 8 fourth of July. 9. Black Friday.
    Black Friday, the fourth Friday in November, and the day after Thanksgiving, is the unofficial start for Christmas shopping; putting stores "in the black.". It should not be confused with Good Friday- the Friday before Easter.

  2. Well, I was close... Memorial Day and 4th of July were a bit tricky (which was which!) The parade sounds like a lot of fun!

    1. I guessed Armed Forces Day for Memorial Day, and I think Veteran's Day would be a good guess as well...