Editor's note: Riverfest's annual Independence Day celebration, scheduled for July 9, has been canceled because of budget considerations. The Riverfest Food Truck Festival on Mortensen Riverfront Plaza is still running July 7 to 9.
Editor's note: All of the events scheduled for July 1 have been postponed due to thunderstorms in the forecast. See below for new dates.
Connecticut celebrates America's birthday with parties, parades and festivals through the middle of July and a bit beyond. Events listed in chronological order.
Middletown's Fourth of July fireworks festival has been moved to July 2 along the riverfront, with seating areas on the city hall lawn and at Harbor Park along. The live music, food vendors and activities are along Dekevon Drive. The Rust'd Keys play at 5, Rani Arbo and daisy mayhem play at 6:15 and The Jay Hoggard Quartet plays at 7:30. The Middletown High School Jazz Ensemble plays at Harbor Park at 6:30 p.m., and the Middletown Symphonic Band will perform beginning at 8:30 p.m. arts2go.org.
Manchester's James Dutch Fogarty Independence Day Celebration is July 2 at Manchester Community College, starting at 5 p.m. and featuring music, food, games and fireworks. Tickets ($10) for a chicken barbecue are available at the Town Hall Customer Service and the Information Center. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. Rain date July 3. 860-647-5235.
Simsbury's Talcott Mountain postpones their celebration to July 2 starting at 7:30 p.m. with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra on the first night of the Talcott Mountain Music Festival, which runs Fridays through July 29. Fireworks will follow the July 1 concert. Admission $20 lawn, $40 table seating. hartfordsymphony.org.
Hamden's Independence Day Celebration has been postpone to July 2 at Hamden's Town Center Park. The Hamden Symphony Orchestra performs at 7:15 p.m.; D.J. Bry will entertain before and after the concert. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Free. hamdenartscommission.org.
The Orange Independence Day Concert & Fireworks spectacular on the Orange Fairgrounds is begins July 2 at 6:30 p.m.
Wallingford’s fireworks are at Moran Middle School at 9:20 p.m. July 2.
The Buckland Hills Mall Food Truck Fest, 194 Buckland Hills Drive, Manchester, rolls into town July 2 from 1 to 10 p.m., featuring 20 gourmet food trucks, costumed kids characters, a live DJ, and fireworks. Free. Info here.
Cheshire’s fireworks are July 4 at Kurtz Farm at 9 p.m.
Portland's Brownstone Exploration and Discovery Park hosts a Fourth of July weekend (July 2 to 4) from 12 to 3 p.m. featuring zip lining, rock climbing, picnicking, swimming and more. Monday features a food festival and tastings from around the world and a hot-dog eating contest at 2 p.m. Park passes $24 to $44. Group discounts available. 866-860-0208 and brownstonepark.com.
In Bristol, Lake Compounce's annual Fireworks for the Fourth show is July 2, featuring fireworks and a laser light show beginning at 9 p.m. over the lake. Rain date is July 8. Show included with admission to the park. lakecompounce.com.
Old Sturbridge Village celebrates Independence Day July 2 to 4 with the firing of a reproduction cannon, fife and drums, a brass band, barbecue foods, beer and wine, public readings of the Declaration of Independence. Daily Admission is $28 adults, $26 seniors, $14 ages 3 through 17, and children 2 and under are free. osv.org, or 800-SEE-1830.
Putnam's fireworks and a concert are downtown July 2 starting 5 p.m. Free live entertainment will be followed by a giant fireworks display at dusk. discoverputnam.com
Madison's fireworks, on waterfront area off West Wharf Beach, begin at 9:30 p.m. on July 3. Rain date July 8. The fireworks are visible from many waterfront areas in Madison. The main public viewing locations are from Surf Club Park, East Wharf Beach and West Wharf Beach. Parking will be very limited at parks and beaches, on public streets, and in all waterfront viewing areas.
New Britain's Great American Boom celebration begins at 5 p.m. on July 4 at Stanley Quarter Park. Latanya Farrell & The Bookman Styles Band performs from 6 to 9 p.m., and the fireworks display is scheduled for 9:15 p.m. Rain date July 5. nbparksnrec.org.
The Brass Mill Center Food Truck Fest brings 20-plus gourmet food trucks to Brass Mill Center, 495 Union St., Waterbury, on July 3 from noon to 10 p.m. in conjunction with the city's fireworks show celebrating Independence Day.
Willimantic Boom Box Parade: July 4 starting 11 a.m. at Jillson Square, on the corner of Main and Jackson St. Anyone can march in the parde or enter a float as long as they meet the reqirements—wear red, white and blue clothing and bring a boombox. Others can watch from the side of the streets. Visit Wili-am.com/parade.html for more information.
New Haven's fireworks are July 4 from 9 to 10 p.m. at East Rock Park, 41 Cold Spring St. visitnewhaven.com/thingstodo/calevents
The Quassy 3D fireworks in Middlebury start at sundown on July 4. Quassy's annual 3D fireworks display that benefits Healthy Eyes Alliance. Viewing glasses $1, parking $10. quassy.com.
Vernon's July in the Sky on July 6, beginning at 6 p.m. at Henry Park, features a kid's Fun Zone, food vendors and live entertainment. Fireworks at 9:40 p.m. $5 per car, $1 for walk-ins.
Ocean Beach Park in New London kicks off its fireworks show with the sounds of Beatles tribute band Ticket to Ride starting at 8 p.m. July 6. Admission per car is $11. ocean-beach-park.com.
Windsor Locks Fire Department Carnival is July 7 to 9 at Veteran's Memorial Park, featuring rides, games, food, and a beer garden. The fireworks are July 8 at 9:30 p.m., and a parade is July 9 at 6:15 p.m.
New London's Sailfest, July 8 to 10, features fireworks, amusement rides, free music entertainment, tall ships and more than 200 vendors at the waterfront park and nearby streets. The fireworks start 9 p.m. July 9 and it will be choreographed to music on Roxy 100.9 FM. 860-444-1879, sailfest.org
Killingly's Red, White and Blue BBQ celebration with fireworks has been postponed to July 8, starting at 5 p.m. at Owen Bell Park in Dayville, and features a chicken BBQ, performances from Billy Pilgrim and Wooden Horse, a 5k race at 6 p.m. and a fireworks display. killingly.org.
Milford's fireworks celebration has been postponed to July 8 from 4:30 p.m. through 11:30 p.m. at Milford Lisman's Landing on Helwig Street, featuring food trucks and live music. . Fireworks start at 9:15. Bands this year include the Rum Runners and Michael Rea, who performs some of the legendary classics of Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra.
Meriden’s Hubbard Park hosts fireworks on July 8 at 9:15.
The Enfield Fireworks Extravaganza is July 10 from 9:45 by 10:30 p.m. over the town green, following a concert by the Hartford Symphony Orchestra on the Main Stage. enfieldcelebration.org
The Guilford Community Picnic and Fireworks is July 9 from 4 to 7 p.m. on the Guilford Green and from 7 to 10 p.m. at the fairgrounds.
The Newington Extravagnaza starts at 10 a.m. July 16 at Mill Pond Park and features an arts and crafts festival, live music, paddle boats, food, a petting zoo and more. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. Rain date July 17. The week before, the park is hosting a carnival, concerts, a beer tasting and helicopter and hot air balloon rides. Parking and admission is free, however some activities require ticket purchases in advance. 860-665-8666 and newingtonct.gov
Clinton's Summer Fest and Fireworks celebration is Aug. 20 at Town Beach, starting at 5 p.m. The evening features a performance by Rock Bottom Band, face painting and family activities. Fireworks at sunset. clintonct.com/fireworks and 860-669-3889.