4th Of July Events In CT: Top 15 Most Unique Spots | Stanton House Inn

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Few things are more American than gathering with friends and family on a warm summer evening to watch a 4th of July fireworks display. After all, a celebration of the country’s founding would be incomplete without fireworks, live music, food, and family.


These Connecticut fireworks displays, from coast to countryside, are weather-permitted, so check ahead.


Get a good seat early and settle in for the kids to enjoy the booms and flashes. Earlier in the day, you’ll enjoy a traditional town-wide parade with marching bands, clowns, and floats.


Before heading out, check the weather forecast and parking restrictions, as some venues allow nonresidents to pay for on-site parking, while others require passes or are only open to residents.



The Best Fourth of July Fireworks and Celebrations in Connecticut

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Celebrate the Fourth of July and beyond with these festive Connecticut events!


From Dayville to Enfield, celebrate Independence Day with fireworks displays from June 30th to July 8th.


Connecticut Fireworks Displays

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Celebrate the Fourth of July with spectacular fireworks displays in Connecticut, including events in Greenwich, Danbury, Hartford, and New Haven. These events provide a fun way to commemorate the United States’ birthday. And all while highlighting each town’s distinct culture and people through art, music, food, and performing arts.


Greenwich Fireworks Display | Old Greenwich,CT

Come to Binney Park or Greenwich Point Park to see a spectacular Fourth of July fireworks display! As you take in the sights and sounds of the show, enjoy a night full of fanfare and beautiful colors exploding in the night sky. Fireworks will start at both Binney Park and Greenwich Point Park at dusk on Friday, July 1, 2023. The rain date is the following day. Bring your friends and family to this once-in-a-lifetime event!


Danbury Fireworks Display | Danbury, CT

Danbury Town Park Fireworks happen on July 4th, 2023 in Danbury, Connecticut. Gates open at 6:30 p.m., and fireworks begin at approximately 9:15 p.m.


Middletown July Fireworks Show | Middletown, CT

Middletown City Fireworks Festival returns to Harbor Park in Middletown, CT, this year. The festival begins at 5:00 p.m., followed by fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Rain date is on July 2, 2023.


Killingly Red, White and Blue Celebration Fireworks | Dayville, CT

At Owen Bell Park in Killingly, CT, spend an evening of unforgettable entertainment and wonder. Watch the Killingly Red, White, and Blue Celebration Fireworks light up the night sky with friends and family. A drumming circle led by Kelly and Ed McClellan will get you in the mood for the evening. Take advantage of free music and fireworks!


City of Meriden Fireworks and Concert | Meriden,CT

On July 3, 2023, join the city of Meriden, Connecticut, for a one-of-a-kind event in Hubbard Park! Grilled hotdogs, free face painting, and hula hoop fun will be provided, followed by a free concert by Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez. And don’t forget about the grand finale: fireworks!


New Haven

The fireworks display at Wilbur Cross High School will begin shortly after sunset, around 9 p.m. But come early: the festivities begin at 6 p.m., with food trucks and music. The fireworks will be visible from anywhere in New Haven, Connecticut, and local television station WCTX-TV will broadcast the show live.



If you’re in Fairfield, CT, on the night of July 4th, head to Jennings Beach and Penfield Beach for Fairfield’s fireworks display. Start time is 9:15 p.m., with a rain date: July 2, 2023.



After sunset, the town of Branford, CT, will begin their annual fireworks display to celebrate Independence Day from Branford Point.


Connecticut July 4th Parades and Festivals

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Want to start your Independence Day with a parade or two? There are plenty of options throughout Connecticut. Some of the most popular are:


Ridgefield volunteer firefighters’ annual carnival

The annual volunteer fire department carnival, which begins Wednesday, June 21, 2023 at East Ridge Middle School at 10 East Ridge Road, will continue through Saturday, June 24, 2023 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. On-site attractions include amusement rides, game trailers, food, ice cream, fried dough, cotton candy, and souvenirs. At dusk on Friday, there will be a fireworks display. You’ll be able to see the display anywhere near the carnival grounds.


East Haven | Annual Beach Party and Fireworks

East Haven’s annual Beach Party and Fireworks display will take place from 2 to 9 p.m. The fireworks show will begin around 9:15 p.m. There will also be several musical performances before they light-up the night sky.


Hartford | Hartford Bonanza

First Night Hartford hosts the Hartford Bonanza, an Independence Day celebration. Previous events have 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 events in July 2023 will be released soon.


Independence Day Parade, Madison,CT

The Town of Madison’s Annual Independence Day Parade will take place on Boston Post Road (Route 1) from Samson Rock Drive to West Wharf Road. Floats, marching bands, and other performances will be on display for spectators. The parade will last until 1:00 PM. Don’t miss out on this joyous occasion!


Discover even more things to do in CT before and after July 4th events

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There’s so much to do in Connecticut, starting from July 1 until the end of the month!


So plan a busy summer month, with more than just what you’ll do on the holiday.


Some of the most popular events, CT summer festivals, and activities across Connecticut in July include:


  • Music festivals like the Sixth Nice Festival, the Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz
  • Art exhibitions and festivals, like Shakespeare on the Sound and the International Festival of Arts & Ideas
  • The Greenwich Sidewalk Sales
  • Sunday matches at the Greenwich Polo Club
  • Clambakes by the Sheffield Island Lighthouse
  • Sailfest in New London, Connecticut


Or get out there and explore the outdoors:


Be sure to include a visit to some of the most unique attractions, activities, and things to do in Connecticut while you’re here. Don’t forget to download the free CT Travel Guide!



Happy Fourth of July!


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