Plenty of do, see and hear on Fourth and beyond

Published on Monday, 2 July 2018 21:24
Written by Ryan Curcio

Special to The Herald

The United States celebrates its 242nd birthday Wednesday, and to celebrate, plenty of activities are happening in Central Connecticut.

Here a few highlights for those looking for something to do for the holiday:

New Britain

The Fourth of July wouldn’t be a celebration without the annual Great American Boom at Stanley Quarter Park on Wednesday. This is the 26th year for the popular event.

The fun begins at 5 p.m. with a variety of attractions and food vendors, followed by a concert by the Latanya Farrell Band starting at 6 and the fireworks show beginning around 9:15.

Giant trampolines, carnival games, a photo booth, interactive inflatables and micro-derby car races are all scheduled. Guests can also visit a caricature artist and face painters or take pony rides.

A $5 wristband is required. A family 4-pack is available for $15, allowing unlimited access to all the attractions from 5 to 8:30 p.m.

“This is a great opportunity for families to have a picnic in the park, enjoy all the food vendors and attractions while listening to the sounds of a great pre-fireworks concert by the Latanya Farrell Band,” said Parks and Recreation Director Erik Barbieri.

What is being advertised as the largest array of food vendors in the history of the Great American Boom will be on hand serving hamburgers, hot dogs, sausage sandwiches, fried chicken, French fries, macaroni and cheese, steak and cheese grinders, Thai food and desserts.

Straddling the New Britain-Berlin line, New Britain Stadium will host fireworks after New Britain Bees games this summer, including tonight.

For more information, visit , or call 860-826-2336.


A new event worth noting is the Berlin Freedom Fest. Dreamland Amusements is hosting it this week at the Berlin Fairgrounds.

Pre-sale ride wristbands are going for $20 and are valid today and July 5, 6, and 7, with a portion of the sales going to the Berlin Upbeat program.

There will be fireworks displays on July 4 and 7 at 9:30 p.m.. Parking is $5 per car and admission is free.

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The town continues its Norton Park Summer Concerts with two right before and after the Fourth of July.

The Last Fair Deal, an American roots group, will play today starting at 6:30 p.m. On Tuesday, July 10, lively Dixieland jazz will be played by the Riverboat Ramblers.

Town Manager Robert E. Lee says that the shows run “between an hour and an hour and a half, but vary,” from show to show. Norton Park is at 197 South Washington St.

For any questions about the concerts, or other general inquiries, call 860-627-5840.


Newington will be hosting its annual Extravaganza Week.

The activities begin Wednesday, July 18, and close Saturday, July 21. Extravaganza Week offers a variety of food vendors, arts and crafts, musicians, entertainment, a beer garden, fireworks, games, helicopter rides, hot air ballooning, a carnival, beer garden, and plenty of other family-oriented activities. Over 100 vendors take part, including artists and crafters, non-profit organizations and civic groups, and local businesses. Admission and parking are free. Extravaganza’s Saturday schedule is 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The day will conclude with an awe-inspiring evening of fireworks displayed over Mill Pond Park on Garfield Street, starting at 9:30 p.m., Saturday, July 21. For information, call 860-665-8500.

Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin, New Britain, Plainville, Southington Herald on Monday, 2 July 2018 21:24. Updated: Monday, 2 July 2018 21:26.