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Celebrating 4th of July 2013 in Connecticut

At A.R. Mazzotta, we take great pride in being part of a great nation.

In honor of our country’s “birthday,” we thought it might be fun to share information about Connecticut 4th of July celebrations, as well as a few facts about the holiday:

Hamden Fireworks

Town Center Park

2761 Dixwell Avenue

Hamden, 06518

Date:  June 28, 2013 (rain date June 29)

Time:  7:30 p.m.

Music will fill the air at the town’s Independence Day celebration and fireworks display, sponsored by Hamden’s volunteer firefighters.  The evening will include food, music and an amazing fireworks show.  Admission is free.

Phone:  (203) 287-2546

Website:  Hamden Arts Commission


Great American Boom

Stanley Quarter Park

451 Blake Rd.

New Britain, 06051

Date:  July 4th, 2013

Time:  5 p.m.-9:15 p.m.

Fun for the whole family!  Come out to enjoy giant trampolines, carnival games, interactive inflatables, pony rides, micro derby car races, a petting zoo and more.  This year’s event will include the largest array of food vendors in the history of the Great American Boom, so come hungry!  Event wristbands are $5, or 4 for $15.

Website:  New Britain Parks & Recreation Department


Mystic Independence Day Celebration  

Mystic Seaport

75 Greenmanville Ave.

Mystic, 06355

Date:  July 4, 2013

Time:  9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Celebrate America’s birthday circa 1876.  Picnic alongside your 19th-century neighbors at noon, and cheer for your favorite display in the Independence Day Parade at 1 p.m.  Young patriots can craft hats to wear in their very own section of the parade. A rousing 1877 Independence Day ceremony will be followed by an elegant concert featuring the Mystic Silver Cornet Band.  Event admission is free with museum admission.

Phone:     (860) 572-0711

Website:  Mystic Seaport


Wallingford Fireworks

Date: July 6, 2013

Time:  9:15 p.m.

Fireworks will be launched from the knoll by Moran Middle School and will be viewable from the grounds of Sheehan High School and Highland Elementary School.  R-Band, an orchestral group, will play music during the fireworks.


New London Sailfest

Dates:  July 12 – 14, 2013

Event highlights include amusement rides, free entertainment, tall ships, over 200 vendors and multiple stages of free entertainment. Fireworks Saturday, arrive by 6 p.m. for best viewing and to enjoy free entertainment.

Website: www.sailfest.org.


Hartford Riverfest

Date:  Saturday, July 6, 2013

Time:  4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Riverfest will be held at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Hartford and at Founders Plaza and Great River Park, East Hartford. Riverfest features free entertainment including live bands, musicians, clowns and other walk-a-bout entertainers, kids activities and more. A dazzling fireworks show over the river highlights this traditional Hartford festival.


A few facts about 4th of July:

  • The word “patriotism” comes from the Latin “patria,” which means “homeland” or “fatherland.”
  • Both Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died on Independence Day, July 4, 1826.
  • Independence Day was first celebrated in Philadelphia on July 8, 1776.
  • In July 1776, our nation had approximately 2.5 million people.  This July 4th, our population is estimated at over 316.2 million.

From all of us at A.R. Mazzotta, have a wonderful holiday!