With the Fourth of July upon us, there are several places in the Connecticut area to go to watch a stunning display of fireworks. We take a look at Connecticut’s finest, and most fun places to go for Fourth of July celebrations, including festivals and fairs, a town celebration, an amusement park, and even a baseball game. When it comes to Independence Day festivities, there is never a shortage of choices, and we have some of the best right here.

Quassy Amusement Park & Waterpark
Lake Quassapaug, Rt. 64
Middlebury, CT  06762
(203) 758-2913
www.quassy.com

Date: July 4, 2015 after dark

Fourth of July is meant to be spent with the family, and there’s no better place to have fun with the kiddos than at an amusement and water park. After a long day flipping upside down on coasters and splashing around in pools, end the day with a 3-D fireworks show at Quassy Amusement Park & Waterpark. Ingeniously crafted, the 3-D glasses provided to onlookers are made to view fireworks in an entirely different way, and with phenomenal results. Quassy definitely provides a unique twist on a classic event.

Dodd Stadium
14 Stott Ave.
Norwich, CT  06360
(860) 886-5996
www.milb.com/tigers

Date: July 4, 2015 following the game

Celebrate the birth of our nation with America’s favorite pastime: baseball.  While there is no major league team in Connecticut, catching a game with the minor league Connecticut Tigers, affiliated with the Detroit Tigers, is the next best thing.  In the celebrated Dodd Stadium, you can catch a great game when the Vermont Lake Monsters come to town followed by a spectacular fireworks show.

Sailfest
2 State St.
New London, CT 06320
(860) 444-1879
www.sailfest.org

Date: July 10 through July 12, 2015 at 9 p.m.

New London’s annual Sailfest features some of the best food around, along with a full fair and several concerts from some of the best local acts.  Over the 3-day festival, there is a fireworks show every night at 9 p.m. overlooking the water, so there is no shortage of chances to catch a spectacular display.  There is also prime seating available with the Picnic On The Pier package, which includes a casual summer dinner.

Mortensen Riverfront Plaza
300 Columbus Blvd.
Hartford, CT  06103
(860) 713-3131
www.riverfront.org/events/riverfest

Date: July 11, 2015 9 pm

With two viewing places, one on either side of the Connecticut River, Riverfest offers its award winning display of fireworks.  A Gold Medal Winner in the 2012 Montreal International Fireworks Competition, you can expect no less than a world class show.  Riverfest also isn’t short on fun, with the plenty of music, rides for the kids, and food choices no matter what your taste, at your disposal.

Enfield Fourth Of July Town Celebration
Enfield Town Hall
820 Enfield St.
Enfield, CT  06082
(860) 253-3600
www.enfieldcelebration.org

Date: July 12, 2015 9:45 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

The annual Enfield Fourth of July Town Celebration spans 3 days, July 10-12, with parades, craft faire, rides for the kids, and concerts.  The celebration concludes with a traditional concert form the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, followed by one of the largest free firework shows Connecticut has to offer.  Even though you can see the show for miles around, it is suggested you get a seat early as the prime viewing area fills up quickly.

Andrew Wilson started a music webzine to photograph and write about his favorite artists. He quickly notoriety as both a writer and photographer, and has since been published to a variety of national news sites. Andrew resides in the San Francisco Bay Area and is pursuing a degree in landscape photography.

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