Independence Day is a holiday that seems to have taken a life of its own, far apart from its origins. Yes, deep down it all traces back to the fateful day when the Declaration of Independence, freshly printed and signed, effectively birthed one of history’s most powerful democracies. But how have we come to celebrate this historic event? Fireworks. Festivals. Hot dogs. That one Rolland-Emmerich movie.
To put it more simply, the Fourth of July isn’t just a memorial for our country’s origins; it is also the quintessential summer holiday, and it is only fitting that you spend it having fun. In that spirit, here are several events taking place on July 4th (or the subsequent Independence Day weekend) across Connecticut for you, your friends and your family to enjoy. No matter what you end up doing, though, take it easy on the hot dogs. Sometimes it’s hard to tell where those things have been.
1.) Talcott Mountain Music Festival (Simsbury)
Dance in celebration of America’s independence to the backdrop of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, playing a combination of American classics, swing tunes, Elton Jon covers and even chart-topping country music hits rescored for the symphony. Click here for more information.
2.) Riverfest (Hartford / East Hartford)
Riverfest hosts a bevy of free entertainment ranging from kids activities to live musicians, capped off with the traditional-yet-spectacular fireworks show right over the river. Click here for more information.
3.) Sailfest (New London)
Amusement rides, vendors, kids entertainment and music shows are just a taste of the free entertainment offered at Sailfest, which lasts for all of Independence Day weekend. Click here for more information.
4.) 19th Annual Great American Boom (New Britain)
The latest installment of this yearly celebration starts off with a variety of attractions and vendors, builds up speed with a concert featuring Latanya Farrell and the Bookman Styles Band, and finally culminates in an absolutely massive fireworks display at night. Click here for more information.
5.) Annual 4th of July Bike Parade and Old Fashioned Lawn Games (Southport)
Participants of all ages join together with their decorated bicycles and scooters to take place in this parade, which ends at the Pequot Library for community-building games and activities. Click here for more information.
6.) Independence Day 500 (Milford)
Hit the track on a 3.1 mile spectator friendly, USTAF certified and sanctioned race course. All proceeds benefit the Milford Road Runners Children’s Summer Track Series and Club Scholarship Fund. Click here for more information.
7.) James “Dutch” Fogarty Independence Day Celebration (Manchester)
This annual event in honor of the late James Fogarty is perhaps best known is for its legendary chicken barbeque, but features a myriad assortment of events and attractions. Click here for more information.