First Night Hartford 2014
Hartford City Hall
550 Main St.
Hartford, CT 06103
First Night fireworks will be set off in the West Side of Bushnell Park in Hartford. This area will be closed to the public for safety reasons. However, on the east side of the park and by the carousel, those celebrating New Year’s Eve will be able to see the fireworks burst in the night sky vividly. This should be quite a display since this marks the 25th anniversary of First Night Hartford. Focusing on celebrating the new year through the arts, the many events along with the fireworks are family friendly and alcohol free. In addition to fireworks, expect professional musicians and performers to be on hand. First Night 2014 in Hartford is celebrated from 6 p.m. to midnight at Bushnell Park.
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Connecticut State Capitol
210 Capitol Ave.
Hartford, CT 06106
Connecticut’s State Capitol is the perfect place to watch fireworks shoot high into the sky, announcing the beginning of a new year. With its gorgeous golden dome, you may be momentarily distracted from the fireworks as you gaze at the splendor of the capitol building. It is made of marble and granite and flaunts a huge gold leaf dome. The Capitol houses the State Senate Chamber as well as the House of Representatives. It was officially designated a national historical landmark in 1972 by the United States Department of Interior.
Connecticut State Library
231 Capitol Ave.
Hartford, CT 06106
Anyone near the Connecticut State Library will have a terrific view of the fireworks that Hartford’s First Night event will shoot off. This gorgeous library is part of the Executive Branch of the State of Connecticut. It provides all kinds of information including “archival, public records, museum and administrative services.” Whether you are a lawyer, public official, researcher or student, you are able to take advantage of services offered at this library. Standing in front of this historic building and watching fireworks shoot up into the sky will surely start a new chapter in the book of First Night Hartford.
1561 Asylum Ave.
West Hartford, CT 06117
People will gather at Elizabeth Park to see the fireworks in Hartford on New Year’s Eve. This park is so special that it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It boasts of the oldest public rose garden in the state and is located next to the Governor’s Mansion. Willed to the City of Hartford by Charles M. Pond, this park is named after Pond’s wife. In its glory during spring and summer, it includes luscious lawns spread out over 102 acres with greenhouses, paths, many beautiful gardens and a pond. It’s a great place for the whole family to see a chrysanthemum design bloom into the night skies.
92 Wethersfield Ave.
Hartford, CT 06114
Colt Park is another great lookout spot for fireworks. One hundred and six acres were donated to Hartford by Elizabeth Colt in memory of her beloved husband in 1900. There is a monument honoring her husband in the park. In 1920, the park drives were lined with elm trees to pay tribute to the 189 Hartford men who lost their lives during World War 1. The American Legion provided memorial markers in 1926.
Joanne Greco Rochman is the arts editor of The Fairfield County Review, a columnist, critic, feature story writer and English professor. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Republican-American and Hersam-Acorn Publications. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.