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The country's first ray of sunlight of the year 2000 will hit two points in Maine at exactly the same time, according to the U.S. Naval Observatory.

Residents near one of the points -- Porcupine Mountain in Lubec -- are planning a big celebration of the occasion. The other point is Cadillac Mountain, outside of Bar Harbor. Light will hit both mountains at 7:04 a.m. EST.

In Lubec, the celebration will begin at dusk on Dec. 31, as the sun sets on 1999. A color guard will mark the occasion with the lowering of the U.S. flag and the playing of "Taps." Local children plan to sing a song of peace.

At midnight, organizers will hold a ceremonial lighting of the International Bridge, which stretches into New Brunswick, Canada.

Just before dawn, fireworks will be set off over the waters off Lubec. A children's choir will sing again as the sun officially rises on the year 2000.

A "Run for Peace" across the border from Canada into Lubec will be held on New Year's Day. Hearty "polar bear" swimmers will also take a dip in Fundy Bay.

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