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Here's a look at July Fourth events in towns across CT, from fireworks to parades to music

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Cities and towns across Connecticut will mark Independence Day with parades, festivals and lots of fireworks.

But the events aren’t just limited to July 4.

Here’s a rundown of events and celebrations happening throughout the state to mark 247 years as a nation. With rain falling across Connecticut in early July, some celebrations are being postponed. That includes the city of New Haven's celebration, which has been pushed to Wednesday, July 5. Organizers say it's one of the largest fireworks displays in Connecticut.


Branford Fireworks

Saturday, June 24

4 Harbor Street, Branford, Connecticut


The Town of Branford will begin their annual fireworks show from Branford Point after sunset.


Fireworks Shows

Updated Rain Date: Monday, July 3

Lake Compounce Theme Park, 185 Enterprise Drive, Bristol, Connecticut


Lake Compounce Theme Park will display fireworks at 9 p.m. on July 1, 2, 3 and every Saturday in July.


Danbury Fourth of July Fireworks

Saturday, June 24

Danbury Town Park, 36 East Hayestown Road, Danbury, Connecticut


The City of Danbury will display their Fourth of July Fireworks at 9:15 p.m. Gates at Danbury Town Park will open at 6:30 p.m.


Derby-Shelton Fireworks

Friday, June 30


The City of Derby will start their fireworks display at 9 p.m.

East Haven

21st Annual Beach Party and Fireworks

Saturday, June 24

East Haven Town Beach, Cosey Beach Avenue, East Haven, Connecticut


East Haven will hold their annual Beach Party and Fireworks celebration from 2-9 p.m. The fireworks display will start around 9:15 p.m. Several musical performances will take place before the fireworks show begins.


Enfield Fourth of July Celebration

Friday, June 7, Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9

820 Enfield Street, Enfield, Connecticut


The Town of Enfield will hold a three-day long Independence Day celebration. The scheduleof events includes various concerts and children’s activities as well as a parade, car show, and a fireworks display to end the festivities on July 9.


Essex Auto Club Annual Car Show

Tuesday, July 4 (Rain Date: Labor Day, Monday, September 4)

67 Main Street, Essex, Connecticut


The Essex Auto Club Annual Car Show will be held for its 15th year outside of the Connecticut River Museum from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is limited to the first 80 cars that arrive. Volunteer staff will be present to admit participants beginning at 7:30 a.m.


Fireworks Display

Saturday, July 1

Jennings and Penfield Beaches, Fairfield, Connecticut


The town of Fairfield will start their fireworks show at 9:15 p.m.


Fireworks Displays

Saturday, July 1

Binney Park and Greenwich Point Park, Greenwich, Connecticut


The Greenwich Fireworks Displays will be held on Saturday, July 1, after sunset.


Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks Display

Friday, June 30

Town Center Park, 2761 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden, Connecticut


Hamden’s Independence Day celebration will take place for the first time since 2019. It will feature a fireworks display and the Hamden Symphony Orchestra.


Hartford Bonanza

Updated Rain Date: Saturday, July 8

Bushnell Park, 60 Elm Street, Hartford, Connecticut


Hartford Bonanza is an Independence Day celebration by First Night Hartford. Events in the past included live music, a garden party at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, a picnic in Bushnell Park, vendors and food trucks. More information about this year’s events to come.


4th of July Celebration at the Grove

Tuesday, July 4

Town Grove, 42 Ethan Allen Street, Lakeville, Connecticut


Celebrations will take place at the Town Grove on Lakeville Lake from noon to 2p.m. The event will feature music by the Salisbury Band and a reading of the Declaration of Independence.


Independence Day Parade

Tuesday, July 4

Boston Post Road (Route 1), Samson Rock Drive, Madison, Connecticut


The Town of Madison Independence Day Parade will begin at 10 a.m.

Concert on the Green

Saturday, July 1

The Green, Madison, Connecticut


The Wallingford Symphony Orchestra will perform an Independence Day concert at 7 p.m.

Independence Day Fireworks

Updated Rain Date: Friday, July 7

East Wharf, West Wharf and the Surf Club Beaches, Madison, Connecticut


The Town of Madison Independence Day Fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m. Recommended viewing locations are the East Wharf, West Wharf and Surf Club beaches.


Fireworks Festival 2023

Saturday, July 1

DeKoven Drive, Harbor Park, Middletown, Connecticut


The City of Middletown will commence their annual Fireworks Festival at 5 p.m. Guests can enjoy live music and food trucks from 5-9:30 p.m. The fireworks display will begin at 9:30 p.m.


‘Kick Off to Summer’ Fireworks

Saturday, June 24

Lisman Landing, Milford, Connecticut


The City of Milford will display their fireworks show at 9:15 p.m. Prior to the show, musical performances and food trucks will be available for guests beginning at 4 p.m.

New Haven

Fireworks Show

Postponed to Wednesday, July 5, due to rain

Wilbur Cross High School, 181 Mitchell Drive, New Haven, Connecticut


Fireworks will begin after sunset around 9 p.m. at Wilbur Cross High School. Festivities start at 6 p.m., featuring food trucks and music. The fireworks will be visible from any point in the city, and the show is set to be broadcast live on local television — WCTX-TV.

New Canaan

42nd Annual Family Fourth of July Celebration

Saturday, July 1

Waveny Park, 677 South Avenue, New Canaan, Connecticut


New Canaan’s Fourth of July Celebration will open at 5 p.m. Events will include live music, family activities and food trucks. A fireworks display will begin around 9:15 p.m. No pets are permitted entry at this event.

New Milford

Fireworks Celebration

Saturday, July 1

Town Green, 10 Main Street, New Milford, Connecticut


The New Milford Fireworks Celebration will be held from 6:30-10 p.m.


Independence Day Concert and Fireworks Show

Updated Rain Date: Sunday, July 9

Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road, Orange, Connecticut


The town of Orange will hold their annual Independence Day Concert and Fireworks Show at 6:30 p.m. The fireworks show will begin after the concert by AM Gold Yacht Rock at 9:30 p.m.


Food Truck and Fireworks Extravaganza

Updated Rain Date: Sunday, July 9

Brass Mill Center, 495 Union St, Waterbury, Connecticut


A Food Truck and Fireworks celebration will take place. from 2-10 p.m. The City of Waterbury will display their fireworks around 9 p.m. No pets or alcoholic beverages are permitted at this event.


Weston’s Family 4th Celebration

Tuesday, July 4 (Rain Date: Wednesday, July 5)

Weston Middle School, 135 School Road, Weston, Connecticut https://www.westonct.gov/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/4066/196?npage=2

The Weston Fourth of July celebration will open their gates at 4:30 p.m. Prior to the fireworks display at 9:20 p.m, food trucks and the Westport Community Band will be at the event from 5-9 p.m. Tickets are cash only.


Fourth of July Celebration

Tuesday, July 4 (Rain Date: Wednesday, July 5)

Wilton High School Complex, 395 Danbury Road, Wilton, Connecticut


Wilton’s Independence Day celebration will begin at 8:30 am with the Freedom Run 5K Road Race on the Wilton High School track. Information on payment and registration for the race can be found on the Wilton Parks and Recreation website. Fireworks and music by a live DJ will take place from 5-9 p.m. Parking passes for this event can also be found on the Wilton Parks and Recreation website.

This story has been updated with various details, including information on events rescheduled due to rain.

Kelsey Goldbach is a Digital Media Intern with Connecticut Public.

She is a fourth year student pursuing an undergraduate degree in Journalism at the University of Southern California. Recently, Kelsey was a part of the Dow Jones News Fund Digital Intern Class of 2023. She is a Connecticut native and spends her summers in Waterbury.

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