Happy Fourth of July!

From all of us at the Stanton House Inn, we want to wish everyone a Happy Fourth of July!

For those without an idea of what to do in the Greenwich area for Independence Day, we’ll let you in on a little secret: it’s all about the fireworks.

This guy knows where it's at. Credit: Dave/Flickr
This guy knows where it’s at.
Credit: Dave/Flickr

And luckily there are plenty of opportunities to get your fix for this year!

The city of Norwalk will be hosting its annual fireworks display (sponsored by First County Bank) on July 3rd at Calf Pasture Beach in addition to its weekly concert on the same day. All concerts (including the one with fireworks) are free and open to the public. For the most up-to-date information, you’ll have to pick-up the good ol’ fashioned phone and call (203)854-7806.

The crazy fun kids got into in the 1800s. Curse you, proper parenting! Credit: Dave/Flickr
The crazy fun kids got into in the 1800s. Curse you, proper parenting!
Credit: Dave/Flickr

July 4th has a few options for those looking to enjoy bright lights and booming noises. Port Chester, which is right over the border from Greenwich in New York, will be hosting its fireworks display at Port Chester High School’s Ryan Stadium. This Independence Day Celebration will include a display by the famous Grucci family as well as a concert by the Port Chester high school band.

Rye Playland in Rye, New York (also very close to Greenwich) welcomes visitors to enjoy rides and a stroll on the boardwalk during the day before enjoying the fireworks display in the evening, starting at 9:15 pm on July 4th.

Last but not least, Greenwich will be hosting its annual fireworks display on Saturday, July 5th with a rain date of July 6th at both Binney Park and Tod’s Point, both in Old Greenwich. The town is enforcing a lot of rules for the Tod’s Point display: visitors need a car pass, are not permitted to tailgate, and everyone has to scram after the end of the fireworks display. But it is worth it to see fireworks blasting over Long Island Sound. If you don’t want to be bothered, you can always see the other display also starting at dusk at Binney Park.

For those not interested in their ears ringing afterwards, the John Jay Homestead in Katonah, New York is hosting an Independence Day Fair. Activities include an enthralling (we’re sure) reading of the Declaration of Independence, colonial games, sheep herding, beekeeping, and blacksmith demonstrations (which this writer thinks might be pretty cool), crafts, hayrides, and live music among other activities. The Fair will be held from 11 am to 4 pm.

But seriously, no fireworks?

All the activities mentioned are free, except for that car pass and individual admission passes the town of Greenwich requires to step foot (well, drive) on their beach.

However you decide to spend it, we hope you enjoy your July Fourth!