The Perfect Fourth of July in Connecticut!

Get ready to celebrate Independence Day in the Nutmeg State. With a range of exciting events including breathtaking firework displays, barbecues, and festivals, you’ll want to attend them all. The partying starts early here in Connecticut, so plan ahead to have the perfect Fourth of July in the state! 

1. Sailfest, New London, CT

Celebrating Independence Day and in its 40th year this year, Sailfest is a wonderful event with fireworks, food trucks, live music, and local businesses offering up specials. Held on July 7–9 this year, catch a live band at the Hygienic Art Park Stage, participate in the 5K road race, and shop local businesses such as Berry’s Ice Cream and Candy Bar. The best fireworks show in the state finishes off the celebration.

2. Fireworks Festival, Middletown, CT

On Saturday, July 1, enjoy a street festival with food and live music in Harbor Park. The Middletown Symphonic Band will play live during the fireworks, which will culminate the event. Admission to the Middletown Fireworks Festival is free and this is a family-friendly celebration with many fun options for kids.

3. Independence Day Celebration at Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT

Only on July 4, head over to Mystic Seaport to celebrate as New Englanders in the late 1800s might have. Watch boat races or a spelling bee, dine on a picnic, vote for your favorite float at a parade, or play old fashioned lawn games. Live period theater performances, croquet, and churn your own ice cream are other not to be missed events at Mystic Seaport on Independence Day.

4. Reds, Whites, & Barbecue Party, East Haddam, CT

Celebrate the nation at the Reds, Whites, & Barbecue party at Staehly’s Vineyard from July 1–3. All weekend long, wine tastings will be discounted to $5 per person and those with a military ID receive free tastings. The All Fired Up BBQ food truck will be on-site during the celebration and will be serving up smoked chicken and ribs to be paired with the wines. On July 1 and 2, live music will be performed by local bands from 12:30 to 4 p.m. 

5. Norwalk Summer Concert Series and Fireworks, Norwalk, CT

Norwalk Recreation and Parks and First Country Bank host a special concert series celebration for Independence Day. Celebrate on July 3 with a concert for kids beginning at 5:30 p.m. Dance music will play from 6 to 8 p.m. and Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes will play before and after the fireworks, which start after sunset.

6. CoventryFest, Coventry, CT

On June 24, with a rain date of June 25, Coventry will hold its annual Fourth of July festival. Starting at 3 p.m. at Patriot’s Park, CoventryFest has rides and games, a hot dog eating contest, and fireworks at 9 p.m. Numerous vendors selling crafts, books, and more will be onsite and much of the proceeds from the event are put back into the community to support the food pantry and more.

7. Riverfront Fireworks, Hartford, CT

Celebrate America’s birthday with music and fireworks at Great River Park and Mortensen Riverfront Plaza on Hartford’s waterfront. Simply Swing, a local swing club, will perform World War II-era dances to songs such as Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy and American Patrol played by the local drummer Joe LaRosa. A food truck festival will be held nearby so visitors can enjoy dinner outside while watching the show and fireworks. This event will be held on July 8.

8. Red, White & Blue BBQ, Killingly, CT

Join in with community fun at the Red, White & Blue BBQ held on June 30. Feast on the Danielson ELKS chicken barbecue and enjoy entertainment performed by Pirates for Peace. A 5K run will take place at 6 pm and fireworks will be held after dark. Check the weather prior to visiting for this festival, as if it rains, the festival will be held on July 7.

9. Food Truck & Fireworks Extravaganza, Waterbury, CT

Held at the Brass Mill Center on Union Street, the Food Truck & Fireworks Extravaganza is organized by the U.S. Food Truck Fest organization. In its second year, this festival will feature more than 25 food trucks and a firework show to celebrate Independence Day. Come hungry to savor all of the delicious foods served from 2 to 10 p.m. 

10. 3D Fireworks, Middlebury, CT

Head over to Quassy for a fun-filled day of rides and games followed by a late firework show. Held over Lake Quassapaug, the annual 3D fireworks show requires special 3D glasses to see the special effects. 

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