We all get it. Life gets busy, and sometimes in between all the bouncing around you do on a daily basis, every second of free time you come across is previous, which sometimes prevents you from getting out and about. If you fall under this category -- don't worry, we have you covered.

And we all get the other side, too. No matter how busy is, no matter how much you may bounce around, you're all about being part of the action and not missing out on anything big, and Maine celebrating its 200th birthday last year was a massive deal, COVID be damned.

This past Saturday in Lewiston, after a year of waiting, the 207 was finally able to properly celebrate its 200th with a Bicentennial Parade that stretched through Lewiston and Auburn. The parade had everything -- color guards, clowns, Maine's finest, radio stations, beauty queens, and of course -- the big ole Bean Boot.

Governor Janet Mills was even on hand, acting as the Grand Marshall while being carted around in a 3D-printed boat made at the University of Maine, according to Channel 8 WMTW.

Whether you were on hand or not this past Saturday, enjoy running through the entire parade from a unique, behind-the-scenes view, and all in under 5 minutes!

While We're Bragging About Maine, Check Out These Top Spots in the 207 With Amazing Customer Service

In Maine, it's not hard to find businesses, restaurants, and shops with great customer service. It could be we are that way because of the many tourists that visit us. Or it just might be our stubborn Yankee roots that we like to treat people the way we want to be treated.

Along With Some of Maine's Best Places to Live

Stacker compiled a list of the best places to live in Maine using data from Niche. Niche ranks places to live based on a variety of factors including cost of living, schools, health care, recreation, and weather. Cities, suburbs, and towns were included. Listings and images are from realtor.com. On the list, there's a robust mix of offerings from great schools and nightlife to high walkability and public parks.

Some areas have enjoyed rapid growth thanks to new businesses moving to the area, while others offer glimpses into area history with well-preserved architecture and museums. Keep reading to see if your hometown made the list.

And These 41 Tattoos That REEK of Maine

Check out these pieces done by tattoo artists from all through the 207 and beyond. Ink on lifelong Mainers and those who have moved around and wanted to take a piece of Vacationland with them. 

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