America’s birthday is the perfect occasion for an outdoor celebration. If you don’t feel like staying in your backyard, Connecticut is home to several popular events. Whether you’re looking for a variety of eats, fun shows and demonstrations or even a little history, there is something going on this month that will satisfy your patriotic craving.

The Great American Boom
Stanley Quarter Park
458 Blake Road
New Britain, CT 06053
(860) 826-3360

Date: July 4, 2013

This annual party offers up a wide array of carnival rides, games and attractions for adults and kids. You won’t starve either, as food vendors will be selling barbecue favorites, seafood, desserts, popcorn and summer drinks. Latanya Farrell and The Bookman Styles Band play three hours of live music beginning at 6 p.m., and the event is capped off by fireworks at 9:15 p.m.

Mortensen Riverfront Plaza in Hartford
300 Columbus Blvd.
Hartford, CT 06103
(860) 713-3131Great River Park in East Hartford
301 E. River Drive
East Hartford, CT 06108
(860) 713-3131
www.riverfront.orgDate: July 6, 2013

This annual free event always brings people out to the capital city. Enjoy a variety of delicious foods and live music at one of two locations, Mortensen Riverfront Plaza and Great River Park, or feel free to walk the two-mile path between the two. Attractions this year include the Oxbow Water Ski Show, and for the first time at Riverfest, a lumberjack competition starring the UConn Timber Sports Team. The day concludes with fireworks at 9 p.m.

Enfield Fourth of July Town Celebration
Enfield Town Green
820 Enfield St.
Enfield, CT 06082
(860) 253-6300

Dates: July 5-7, 2013

Enfield’s annual celebration gives you plenty to enjoy over its three days. Many of the town’s restaurants will be offering their food in booths along the midway for The Taste of Enfield. Buy some local goods at the craft fair, watch Saturday’s parade along Enfield Street or run in that evening’s 5K Twilight Road Race. All three evenings feature concerts with performers ranging from The Hartford Symphony Orchestra to the Pink Floyd tribute band The Machine. The weekend wraps up with a 45-minute fireworks show Sunday night at 9:45 p.m.

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Independence Day Celebration
Mystic Seaport
75 Greenmanville Ave.
Mystic, CT 06355
(860) 572-0711
www.mysticseaport.orgDate: July 4, 2013Those who like keeping things really old school will want to head out to Mystic Seaport on Independence Day. The museum recreates America’s Centennial with characters out of 1876 who will invite you to join them for a game of croquet. Bring your children so they can make homemade ice cream, compete in a spelling bee and create their own hats to wear in that day’s parade. Mystic Seaport’s regular general admission prices apply.

2013 Talcott Mountain Musical Festival – Celebrate America
Performing Arts Center at Simsbury Meadows
22 Iron Horse Blvd.
Simsbury, CT 06070
(860) 462-9726
www.hartfordsymphony.orgDate: July 3, 2013The Hartford Symphony once again presents “The Annual Red, White & Blue Tradition” at Simsbury Meadows. Grab your friends and family and listen to conductor Carolyn Kuan lead a night of patriotic music under the stars. Fireworks will follow the concert. Lawn seats are $5 for children and $20 for adults, while table seats are $40 each.

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