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

Sailfest is a wonderful event with fireworks, food trucks, live music, and local businesses offering up specials. Held on July 13-15 this year, catch a series live band performances at the Hygienic Art Park Stage and the Custom House Stage, participate in the Sailfest Charter Oak Federal Credit Union 5K Road Race, and shop local businesses such as Berry’s Ice Cream and Candy Bar, and Muddy Waters Café.The best fireworks show in the state finishes off the celebration.

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2. 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, have a picnic, vote for your favorite float at a parade, or play old fashioned lawn games, even make your own candles. Live period theater performances, croquet, and churn your own ice cream are other not to be missed events at Mystic Seaport on Independence Day.

3. Reds, Whites, and Blueberries, East Haddam, CT

Celebrate the nation at the Reds, Whites, and Blueberries party at Staehly’s Vineyard on July 7 and 8. All weekend long, wine tastings will be discounted to $6 per person and those with a military ID receive free tastings. A variety of food trucks will be on-site and ready to serve up an abundance of delicious food to pair with your wine. Each night there will be live music performances by local acts from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. 

4. 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 at 6 p.m. and at 7 p.m. BonJourney will play before and after the fireworks, which start after sunset.

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5. 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 composer Joe LaRosa. The Riverfront 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 Saturday, July, 14.

6. 3D Fireworks, Middlebury, CT

Head over to Quassy for a fun-filled day of rides and games followed by a late firework show. The annual 3D fireworks show takes place over Lake Quassapaug at 10:15 p.m. and requires tickets. A pair of special 3D glasses is given to see the special effects. Along with the fireworks, the ‘Special Blast at the Beach’ is a party going on from 8-11:30 p.m. where a DJ will perform on the beach and have you dancing all night!

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