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The annual Derby-Shelton fireworks in 2017.

Below is a sampling of fireworks events around the state happening on or near Independence Day. Many of these shows are taking place in conjunction with concerts or other festivities. The events listed were announced before press time. Other towns may also be hosting events, and those included here are subject to change due to weather conditions. Check with your local town offices to confirm and find more information.

Update 6/26/18: Added several events throughout the state.

June 29

Hamden, Town Center Park, hamdenfireworks.org

Windsor Locks, Veterans Memorial Park, wlfd.com

Simsbury, Celebrate America, Performing Arts Center at Simsbury Meadows, hartfordsymphony.org

June 30

Bristol, Lake Compounce, lakecompounce.com

Coventry, Coventryfest, Coventry Lake at Patriots Park, coventryfest.org

East Haven, East Haven Town Beach, townofeasthavenct.org

Salisbury, Salisbury Rotary Club’s Independence Day Fireworks. Lime Rock Park, limerock.com

Milford, Kickoff to Summer, Lisman Landing, cca.milfordct.com

July 1

Bridgeport, Barnum Festival at Seaside Park, infobridgeport.com

Orange, Orange Fairgrounds, orange-ct.gov

Putnam, Rotary Park, putnamct.us/parks-recreation

July 2

Fairfield, Jennings Beach, fairfieldct.org

Waterbury, Food Truck Fest, Brass Mill Center, brassmillcenter.com

Westport, Compo Beach, westportct.gov

July 3

Derby/Shelton, Downtown, cityofshelton.org

Madison, Waterfront area off West Wharf Beach, madisonfireworks.org

Meriden,Fireworks Spectacular, Hubbard Park, meridenct.gov

Naugatuck, Downtown, naugatuck-ct.gov

New Britain, New Britain Stadium (more shows July 14, July 21 and throughout the season), nbbees.com

Norwalk, Calf Pasture Beach, norwalkct.org

Stratford, Short Beach Park, townofstratford.com

West Haven, Savin Rock Fireworks at Bradley Point Park, cityofwesthaven.com

July 4

East Woodstock, Town Green, eastwoodstockchurch.org

Middlebury, Quassy Amusement Park, quassy.com

Manchester, Manchester Band Shell, manchesterbandshell.com

Mystic, Mystic Seaport, mysticseaport.org

New Canaan, Waveny Park, newcanaan.info

New Haven, East Rock Park, visitnewhaven.com

Ridgefield, Ridgefield High School, ridgefieldct.org

Rowayton, Bayley Beach, rowaytoncurrents.com

July 6

Danbury, Summer Stage Fireworks, Danbury Mall, fairfieldafterdark.com

Norwich, Howard Brown Park, facebook.com/norwichctfireworks

Stafford Springs, Stafford Motor Speedway, staffordmotorspeedway.com

Torrington, Torrington Middle School, torringtonct.myrec.com

July 7

Darien, Darien High School, darienct.gov

Greenwich, Greenwich Point and Binney Park, greenwichct.org

Guilford, Guilford Green & Fairgrounds, guilfordparkrec.com

Lebanon, Summer Dance Fest, Lebanon Town Green, lebanontownhall.org

Middletown, Fireworks Festival, City Hall lawn, cityofmiddletown.com

New Milford, Town Green,  newmilford-chamber.com

July 8

Enfield, Town Green, enfieldcelebration.org

July 10

Vernon, Various viewing locations, vernonrec.org

July 13

Unionville, Carnival grounds behind Union School, tunxishose.com

July 14

Groton, Fort Griswold State Park, groton-ct.gov

Hartford, Great River Park & Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, riverfront.org

New London, Sailfest, sailfest.org

Portland, Fireworks Extravaganza, Portland High School, facebook.com/portlandctfireworksextravaganza

July 21

East Lyme, Downtown, celebrateeastlyme.com

July 22

Newington, Mill Pond Park, newingtonct.gov

July 28

Canaan, Lawrence Field, canaanrailroaddays.com

Aug. 4

North Branford, Potato & Corn Festival, Auger Field, www.facebook.com/pg/NorthBranfordPoCoFest


This article appeared in the July 2018 issue of Connecticut Magazine. Did you like what you read? You can subscribe here.