People love fireworks for the 4th of July. Connecticut has many venues to choose from as well as some of the best displays anywhere. Whether you are making it a day of fun or topping off your other plans with a night of “oooohs” and “aaaaahs,” here are some choices to consider. 

West Wharf Beach

West Wharf Road
Madison, CT 06443

Date: July 4, 2013 at 9:30 p.m.

An all-volunteer effort in Madison has kept the spirit of Independence Day alive since 2002. While parking is limited in the vicinity of the waterfront, shuttle buses are available to and from the Surf Club recreation area from the nearby commuter parking lot. This is an opportunity to top off your 4th of July festivities with the marvel and wonder of a beautiful and lovingly prepared display of fireworks that gets better every year. Admission is free, but donations are accepted through the website to keep the vision of a devoted group of citizens going.

Bayley Beach
Pine Point Road
Rowayton, CT 06853

Date: July 4, 2013 at 5:30 p.m., fireworks at 9:15 p.m.

The Rowayton Civic Association will be launching its annual half-hour fireworks display from a barge off Bayley Beach. Parking is limited at the beach with alternate parking available at Rowayton School. Vehicles without a beach sticker and non-resident pedestrians will be charged admission. A drop-off area will be available at the entrance to the grounds to accommodate patrons. Top off your holiday with a bang and make it a perfect end to a fun-filled day. As part of the RCA Summer Music Festival, the band Mojo will also be performing at Bayley Beach on the 4th!

Enfield Town Green
820 Enfield St.
Enfield, CT 06082
(860) 253-6300

Date: July 7, 2013 at 9:45 p.m.

Following a three-day celebration of Independence Day, the Town of Enfield offers a concert by the Hartford Symphony Orchestra followed by one of the largest fireworks displays in Connecticut. Whether you have taken part in the day’s earlier festivities or you are just seeking the thrill of seeing the night sky light up, be sure to claim your space early and beat the crowd. Previous years’ events have had rave reviews and this year should be no exception.

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Quassy Amusement Park
2132 Middlebury Road
Middlebury, CT 06762
(203) 758 – 2913

Date: July 4, 2013

Enjoy a fun-filled day at Quassy Amusement Park and stick around for a fireworks display that never disappoints. Enjoy this year’s unique “3D” presentation which is scheduled to benefit blindness prevention. 3D viewing glasses will be available for the occasion. Pack up the family and make it both a day and night to remember. Discounted parking rates apply for the holiday.

Naugatuck High School
543 Rubber Ave.
Naugatuck, CT 06770

Date: July 4, 2013 at 9:15 p.m.

This is a night packed with family fun for those in the Naugatuck area. Beginning at 6 p.m. with vendors, food and entertainment that everyone can enjoy while waiting for the big event, this is one that people come back for year after year. Admission is free but donations to the Park and Recreation Department are accepted to be able to continue this cherished tradition. Arrive early, stay late and have a great time.

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