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PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Organizers of Portland's 4th of July celebration was a tremendous success and are promising to make it 'bigger and better' next year.

The Stars and Stripes Spectacular drew more than 40,000 people to the city's Eastern Promenade.

Police say there were no arrests and no reports of injuries. Highlights of the event was singer Don McLean, who performed his hit 'American Pie' with the Portland Symphony Orchestra. Jon Jennings, 4th of July Portland co-founder says the celebration took 10 months of planning and is thrilled the event went off without a hitch.

He says other events like an ice cream festival and readings of the Gettysburg Address and the Declaration of Independence have helped turn the Spectacular into a event that draws families.

'Yesterday and the four years we have been doing this we have not had a serious incident, the police did not report any incidents or anything, we are just proud of all the people that come up here and make it a family event,' said Jennings.
The foundation took over the event four years ago from the City of Portland when funds to pay for the firework display were cut from the city's budget.