Due to the pandemic, most fireworks shows celebrating the Fourth of July around the state were cancelled last year. This year, with precautions, crowds have several local options for celebrating Independence Day the traditional way.
Meriden – After being cancelled last year, fireworks are returning to Castle Craig. When the sun sets, families and friends can gather at Hubbard Park to view the show.
Bristol/Southington – After a long day of riding rollercoasters and running through the water park, stick around at Lake Compounce after the sun sets for a fireworks show.
West Haven – The city’s third annual Pig Roast is scheduled for Saturday, July 3. From 22 p.m. – 10 p.m. at Glorious Recovery, 3 Sharon Ave., families can play games and enjoy food during the day and live music at night. Families are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets and bathing suits for the kids. Fireworks have been rescheduled to September 3 for the town’s centennial celebration. (Rain date: July 4)
New Britain – This year, New Britain’s “Great American Boom” will be held at Willow Brook Park. The show will be drive-in style and access to the event requires a fee of $10 per car parking pass. Pre-registration is required. Parking passes can be purchased online or at New Britain’s Park and Recreation department. The parking lot opens at 7:30 and closes at 9 p.m. Fireworks will start at approximately 9:15 p.m. (Rain date: July 5)
New Haven – Fourth of July fireworks are back in New Haven. Fireworks can be seen from the top of East Rock and WYBC will provide music and entertainment. The official viewing site is Wilbur Cross High School, 181 Mitchell Dr. The show will begin at 9:15 and is expected to last 25 minutes. (Rain date: July 5)
Waterbury – Over 25 of Connecticut food truck businesses and vendors will be outside of the Waterbury Mall from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. for the Waterbury Food Truck and Fireworks Extravaganza. Families can enjoy face painting, henna and music from a live DJ. To end the night, grab a chair or blankets to watch the fireworks show.
Hartford – The Hartford Yard Goats will host the Pittsburgh Pirates affiliate Altoona Curve at Dunkin’ Donuts Park at 7:05 p.m. Right after the game, spectators can stick around for a fireworks show. To purchase game tickets go to https://www.milb.com/hartford.
Cheshire – Last year, Kurtz Farm in Cheshire cancelled their annual firework show due to the pandemic This year with no specific details, the farm is expecting to resume the decades long tradition. Canceled
Wallingford will not hold its annual display due to the pandemic and its impact on fundraising, according to Recreation Superintendent Michelle Bjorkman.
“It has to be funded and there was no one to fundraise for the show,” she said, “The town doesn’t pay for it.”
Bjorkman said Wallingford could possibly expect to see fireworks this September at the town’s 350th Jubilee celebration.