Fireworks, Festivities & Fun
With an explosion of color that lights up the night sky, fireworks are the highlight of the Independence Day festivities. There are days filled with concerts, barbecues, contests and parades, but the event that everyone looks forward to is watching the thousands and thousands of twinkling lights that dazzle and amaze.
Check out the following fireworks displays that are taking place throughout the state:
• Bridgeport — Fireworks begin at dusk at Seaside Park.
• Orange —Festivities begin with a concert at the Orange Fairgrounds at 6:30 p.m. The Fireworks Spectacular, with patriotic music, begins promptly at 9:30 p.m. Rain date, July 2.
• Trumbull — Gather at the fields behind Trumbull High School and Hillcrest Middle School. Fireworks begin at 8:30 p.m.
• Waterbury — Fireworks and Food Truck Fest takes place from 2-10 p.m. at the Brass Mill Center. Fireworks begin at dusk. Free admission and parking.
• Fairfield — The Grucci Fireworks Show begins after dark at 9:15 p.m. from a barge off Long Island Sound. The show can be seen from Penfield or Jennings beaches. Entertainment starts at 6 p.m. To park at beach parking lots, a limited number of daily passes can be purchased for $50 per vehicle (cash only). Rain date, July 3.
• Westport — Grucci Fireworks begin at dusk at Compo Beach. Parking tickets are required for entrance and are $35 per car; shuttle passes from Longshore will also be available to purchase. Rain date, July 3.
• Madison — The Annual Fireworks display begins at 9:30 p.m. at the Surf Club. All access to the beach areas by car will be closed by 8:30 p.m. with the exception of public transportation/shuttle service, which begins at 7 p.m.
• Meriden — Fireworks begin at dusk at Hubbard Park. Rain date, July 5.
• Norwalk — Independence Day Fireworks Celebration takes place at Calf Pasture Beach. Entertainment begins at 5:30 p.m. with the fireworks at dusk.
• Stratford — Festivities begin at 7:00 p.m. at Short Beach. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. Rain date, July 6.
• West Haven — The party starts with top 40 tunes at the Savin Rock Bandstand from 7-9 p.m. Fireworks show begins at 9 p.m. off Bradley Point. Rain date, July 5.
• New Britain — The Great American Boom begins at 5 p.m. in Stanley Quarter Park. Fireworks are at 9:15 p.m. Rain date, July 5.
• New Canaan — The annual 4th of July Fireworks Celebration includes picnics, live music, children’s games and food at Waveny Park. Fireworks at dusk. Event passes are required and cost $35 for residents. Rain date, July 5.
• New Haven — The annual fireworks show takes place at East Rock Park at 9:15 p.m.
• Ridgefield — Fireworks celebration begin at 6 p.m. at Ridgefield High School. Fireworks at dusk. $20 parking pass is require for admission. Rain date, July 5.
• Rowayton — Fireworks celebration held at Bayley Beach at 9:15 p.m.
• Wilton — Festivities begin at 8:30 a.m. with a road race and a softball game at noon. Bands start playing at 5 p.m. with the fireworks going off at 9:30 p.m. Admission is $20. Rain date, July 5.
• Danbury — Fireworks begin at dusk at the Danbury Fair Mall. Pre-fireworks party starts at 6 p.m. Rain date, July 9.
• Darien — Festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. at Darien High School. A $30 parking pass will guarantee you a space on campus and is available through June 30.
• Greenwich — Fireworks take place at dusk at Greenwich Point and Binney Park. Rain date, July 8.
• Guilford — Enjoy the community picnic on the Guilford Green from 4-7 p.m. Then head over to the Guilford Fairgrounds for the fireworks display after dark.
• Manchester — Festivities begin at 5 p.m. and include children’s games, music and food. The fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. at the Bicentennial Band Shell at Manchester Community College. Rain date, July 8.
• Middletown — Fireworks Festival takes place from 5-10 p.m. with fireworks starting at dusk. Middletown Community Park.
• Wallingford — Fireworks take place at dusk on Hope Hill Road across from Sheehan High School.
• Enfield — Following a traditional evening concert, the Enfield 4th of July Town Celebration culminates with the fireworks extravaganza set to a one-of-a-kind soundtrack beginning at 9:45 p.m. Enfield Town Green.
• Hartford/East Hartford — Riverfront Fireworks are back at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza and Great River Park. Music is at 7 p.m., with the fireworks going off at 9 p.m.
• Newington — The Life. Be in it. Extravaganza takes place from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. at Mill Pond Park. The day features entertainment, games, food and more. The evening concludes with a spectacular fireworks display beginning at 9:30 p.m. Admission and parking are free.