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 2019 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 12-14 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 Barbecue at Staehly Farm Winery, East Haddam, CT

Celebrate the nation at the Reds, Whites, and Barbecue party at Staehly’s Vineyard on July 5 and 6. Get messy with some smoky and savory eats from Oz'N BONES BBQ. Sip on something sweet from Yankee Hard Ciders. And enjoy some delicious wines from Staehly Farm itself. The best part? The event is free! 

4. 4th of July Jamboree, East Woodstock, CT

This patriotic event has been happening in East Woodstock since 1957. Families will enjoy a chicken barbecue at 11:30 a.m. and a parade at 1 p.m. Other fun activities include a book sale, silent auction, musical entertainment, hay rides, and a bounce house. 

5. The Great American Boom, New Britain, CT

Get together for a patriotic celebration on July 4 at 5 p.m. in Stanley Quarter Park for New Britain's celebrated Great American Boom! This dazzling firework display can't be missed. 

6. 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 July 13.

7. 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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