Fireworks in the summertime are as American as apple pie, especially around Independence Day. That’s why Patch is here to help.
Since July 4 falls on a Wednesday this year, celebrations are happening today and after the holiday. We have compiled a list of area fireworks displays and celebrations, but if you have a favorite outside the area that's worth a drive, please let us know in the comments section below.
Here’s a look at where the skies will light up this year:
Update: The Lake Compounce and New Britain fireworks events, originally scheduled for July 4, have been postponed until July 6 due to predictions of inclement weather.
Where: Lake Compounce Amusement Park, 822 Lake Ave. in Bristol.
When: Fireworks display will begin at 10 p.m.
Details: Lake Compounce will celebrate the holiday with a family fun day and fireworks display. The display is free with the price of admission. For more information call 860-583-3300.
Where: Great American Boom at Stanley Quarter Park, 451 Blake Road in New Britain.
When: Celebration will begin at 5 p.m. with fireworks scheduled for 9:15 p.m.
Details: The Great American Boom has become one of the more popular July 4 displays in the area, often drawing thousands from throughout the area. The event is free to attend and includes vendors and children’s rides.
Where: Hartford Riverfest at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, 300 Columbus Boulevard in Hartford; Founders Plaza and Great River Park, 301 East River Drive in East Hartford.
When: Festival begins at 4 p.m. with fireworks scheduled at 9 p.m.
Details: The Hartford Riverfest is one of the most well attended fireworks displays in the state. Food, drinks and merchandise will be sold onsite. Rain date is July 8. For more information, visit the event website.
Where: Fireman’s Carnival at Union School, 173 School St. in Unionville.
When: Carnival opens at 6 p.m. with fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
Details: Tunxis Hose Co. 1 will celebrate the 119th Annual Fireman’s Carnival from July 12 through July 14 with fireworks on July 13. (Rain date for fireworks is July 14) The festival will include rides, vendors and more. It’s free to attend. For more information call 860-675-2534.
Where: The 31th Annual Extravaganza at Mill Pond Park, Garfield St. in Newington.
When: The Extravaganza begins at 9 a.m. with fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
Details: The program includes a day full of activities, musical performances and more culminating in fireworks at the end of the celebration. Rain date is July 22. For more information call (860) 665-8666.