ERIN STEWART: Summer fun is endless in New Britain

Published on Monday, 6 June 2022 14:25

New Britain Mayor

The school year is coming to an end, temperatures are rising, and summer is finally here in New Britain. This is personally one of my favorite times of the year, mostly due to the fact that there are always so many fun activities for  residents of all ages to enjoy.  

There are many fun, safe options for keeping the kids social and engaged all summer long. Due to the generosity of those who continuously give to the Mayor’s Trophy Charitable Fund, there will be the first ever free, drop in day camp at Willow Street Park. This camp will run from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Monday through Friday, starting July 5 and ending on August 19. Summer camps are also available through the New Britain Parks & Recreation Department, more information on those can be found at or by calling 860-826-3360.  

When the dog days of summer make it a little uncomfortable to stay inside, we have many fun ways our residents can beat the heat. The splash pads at Chesley Park and Willow Street Park are currently open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week. The pools at Willow Brook Park and A.W. Stanley Park are another great option for cooling off on a hot day, and will be open from June 18 through August 13. Residents can get their pool passes by reaching out to the New Britain Parks & Recreation Department at 860-826-3360 or Day passes are only $3 or $4 depending on your age, and you can pay at the pool. Children under 5 years old can swim for free.  

There are countless family friendly activities available to residents throughout the summer. The New Britain Bees, the city’s local baseball team, have kicked off their season and are in full swing over at New Britain Stadium. Residents can learn more about the team and buy tickets to their next game by visiting The City of New Britain will be hosting our annual Rose Garden Festival on June 18 starting at 5 p.m., tickets can be purchased through the New Britain Parks & Recreation Department at 860-826-3360 or 

The city’s Summer Music Series at Walnut Hill Park kicks off on July 6, and features talented bands every Monday and Wednesday night through August 31.  The city’s 4th of July fireworks event, The Great American Boom, will take place on Monday July 4 at Willow Brook Park. This popular event will feature food trucks and DJ entertainment, but pre-registration is required so call our New Britain Parks & Recreation Department at 860-826-3360 for more information.  

We will wrap up our summer activities with Main Street USA on October 8. This  street festival style event will take over Downtown New Britain and feature  activities for the kids, live entertainment, food vendors, as well as a beer and wine  garden for the adults. You won’t want to miss it, so make sure you save the date.

This time of year is full of opportunities to spend time with friends and family while enjoying all the fun activities our incredible city has to offer. It is hard to fit all our great activities into one column, so check out to find  all we have to offer. I hope everyone has a great summer.

Erin Stewart is the mayor of New Britain

Posted in New Britain Herald, Columns, New Britain on Monday, 6 June 2022 14:25. Updated: Monday, 6 June 2022 14:27.