A photo essay about a Fourth of July celebration along the coast of Maine and New Hampshire. Many attractive, full-color photos effectively take the day from final preparations to fireworks. Between are scenes of the traditional breakfast at the Masonic Temple; parades; contests; barbecues; the Strawbery Burke's ""living museum""; square dances; and the annual Great Schooner Race. In the accompanying text, which is brief and to the point, Shachtman intersperses his account of the diverse events taking place with historical comments. He observes that for many families reliving the Revolutionary era, including mock Army camp-outs and battles replete with authentic costumes and equipment, ""has become a passion."" The participants say they have come to appreciate the dedication, courage, and sacrifices of our first soldiers. This book captures the essence of a contemporary Fourth.