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June 29, 2012  –  New Canaan, CT

How will your family celebrate Independence Day this year?

If your family is anything like ours, viewing at least one annual July 4th Fireworks display is a must!  Thus, we have researched the 2012 Independence Day weekend schedule for surrounding Fairfield County Fireworks…..

OUR HOMETOWN – NEW CANAAN:  The Town has released the details of the 32nd Annual New Canaan Family 4th Fireworks … Set for Wednesday, July 4, 2012, at Waveny Park. This year the event is planned to spark the interest of the entire family with children’s inflatable bouncers, magician The Great Siroco, the Town Band, glow necklaces, and soda and ice cream.  

The park will open to the public at 5:00pm; entry will only be allowed with a pass. The fireworks display is expected to start around 9:15pm. 

The celebration is funded entirely by the sale of passes (no longer available online). Residents may elect to make an additional donation to the event when purchasing a pass. 

New Canaan Family Fourth Fireworks passes are no longer available on-line.

Passes may be purchased at the Recreation Department in Waveny House and at the First Selectman’s Office in Town Hall as follows:
June 30 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM in front of Town Hall
July 2 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM @ Recreation Department and First Selectman’s Office
July 3 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM @ Recreation Department and First Selectman’s Office

Proof of residency is required.  A limited number of non-resident passes are available at the Recreation Department Office for $60 per pass. 

In case of inclement weather, information will be available by calling 203.594.3610, by logging into or by tuning into cablevision channel 79. 


June 29, 2012
Bridgeport: Seaside Park, Marina Park Circle, dusk.

June 30, 2012

Danbury: Candlewood Lake, dusk.  Rain date: July 1

July 1, 2012
Darien: Darien High School campus.  You can pre-order picnic baskets from Palmer’s Market.  Proceeds benefit Darien Firefighters.

July 3, 2012
Bridgeport Bluefish: after the game

Danbury: Danbury Fair Mall, dusk.  Rain date: July 5th

Milford: Connecticut Post Mall, Green parking deck, top level. From 7-10 they’ll have live entertainment, family activities and food.  Around 9, they’ll do a patriotic sing-along and veterans salute before starting the musically choreographed fireworks at 9:15.

Norwalk: Calf Pasture Beach.  Park of the Norwalk Summer Concert Series.  Amazing Andy show for kids at 5:30.  DJ at 6.  Bill Genuario & the Destiny Band at 8.  Fireworks at dusk.  Rain date: July 5.

Shelton: Shelton Veterans Riverwalk Park.  This is part of the Music Under the Stars Concert Series.  Entertainment for the night is the HIghland Rovers (Irish Rock). Rain date: July 5

Stratford: Short Beach Park.  Kids concert at 7:30, plus moon bounce and face painting at Gull’s Landing Mini Golf course. Concessions available.  Music for older kids and adults at the Deck.  Fireworks at 9:30.  Rain date: July 5.

Westport: Compo Beach.  Many spend the day enjoying the playground, picnics and the beach while they wait for the evening’s grand finale!  $30 tickets are required for parking at the beach, and are first come, first serve.  They are sold at Westport Police Dept. or Westport Parks and Rec.  Once sold out, shuttle bus passes will be available.  Rain date: July 5.

July 4, 2012
Fairfield: They don’t mess around with the date in Fairfield … July 4 is July 4 and that’s when the fireworks fly!  Lift off is from a barge in Long Island Sound, so the show is viewable from either Jennings or Penfield beaches.  Pack a picnic!  Music from 5-7 at Jennings, and 7-9 at Penfield.  Parking permits are not required after 6p, but spots fill early.  Jennings has the larger lot.  Rain date: July 5.

Ridgfield: Ridgfield High School, 9pm.  Rain date: July 7.

Rowayton:  Bayley Beach.  They are launched from a barge, so the best vantage points are from the mouth of the Five Mile River to Rocky Point.  Stickers required at Bayley Beach, or there is a $20 parking charge.  The show starts about 9:15, and lasts 30 minutes.

Weston: The town boasts a full day of events starting with a swim at Bisceglie-Scribner Park.  At 4:30, gates to Weston Middle School open.  Admission is $5/person for ages 5 and up.  They’ve got a lineup of music, magic and fireworks … plus a barbeque pit where you can buy dinner.  Bring your own blankets and chairs.

Wilton: Wilton Athletic Complex.  Start the holiday with a 5K at 8:30am.  At 2:30 the donkeys take on the elephants in a political softball game.  Three bands are lined up to usher in the fireworks, starting at 5.  You can pay $20 at the door, or pay in advance as a 4th of July Booster — guaranteeing a spot in your favorite parking area.  Booster passes are first come, first serve.  They are available by mail or at the Comstock Community Center.

July 7, 2012
Greenwich:  Binney Point and Greenwich Point, dusk.  Rain date: July 8.


Did you ever wonder what Connecticut State Law said about fireworks?  Well, we’ve got the answer:  CT Law Regarding Consumer Fireworks and Display Fireworks.

Other things to do on Independence Day 2012:

July 4th Annual Push-n-Pull Parade — DARIEN, CT   July 4, 2012

Start stocking up on red, white and blue streamers and decorations so you’re ready to wrap your bikes and Radio Flyer wagons and join more than 2,000 of your closest friends this July 4th in the YWCA of Darien-Norwalk 7th Annual Push-n-Pull Parade! It’s a party from the beginning of the route, where, at Goodwives Shopping Center at 10:30am SHARP, Live Music will be entertaining the waiting crowd, through the parade which will be led by an authentic fife & drum band, all the way to the end of the parade, where major festivities continue at Tilley Pond Park, where there will be more live music and food. Insider tip: get to Goodwives early in order to get a good spot in the line which means you get to be at the front of the parade. It’s more fun to be in the lead. This is THE event of the summer in Darien, hoards of people come out for it, the stroll along the Post Road is fun and leisurely, you see everyone you know, and the party at Tilley Pond afterwards is great for the whole family.  CLICK HERE for more information.

More Fourth of July Fun!

You don’t want to miss out on any of the fun that Connecticut has to offer in celebration of our nation’s independence this 4th of July.  From beachside fireworks to boat tours and picnics, parades, fairs and BBQs galore, take advantage of a state filled with history and tradition while enjoying time with friends and family. Check out some of our picks for the 4th by clicking “read more” below. And to find the nearest 4th of July fireworks to you, click here

Check out The Fourth at The Wharf (Norwich):Every year the American Wharf puts on a two-day Fourth of July extravaganza. A show of live entertainment kicks-off the celebration Friday night and starting at noon on Saturday there is plenty more family fun and live music. The weekend concludes with a fireworks show at 9 pm Saturday night. 

Bring the whole gang to Brownstone Parkfor some outdoor fun (Portland):  Play and eat the day away with the whole family. The park is packed with outdoor activities like ziplines, a beach area with volleyball, a cargo net climb, obstacle course, and more. There will be a number of competitions throughout the weekend and a movie under the tent at night. 

See the Fourth in 3-D (Middlebury):Spend the day enjoying all the attractions that Quassy Amusement Park has to offer. At night, plan to see fireworks like never before – in 3-D!  Viewing glasses will be sold for $1 and proceeds benefit Prevent Blindness Tri-State. 

Step back in time to celebrate Independence Day at Mystic Seaport  (Mystic):Spend the Fourth of July like they did on America’s 100th birthday in 1876. Enjoy boat races on the Mystic River, a picnic on the Village Green, Independence Day parade, Civil War military exercise reenactments, live music, theater and more! 

Celebrate the “Great American Boom” at Stanley Quarter Park (New Britain): Enjoy the night of the Fourth with carnival rides and games, inflatables, clowns roaming the park, live music, a large assortment of food and much, much more. Perfect for the entire family! 

Enjoy Independence Day like a true patriot at the Eric Sloane Museum (Kent): Eric Sloane was an enthusiast patriot who believed that church and public bells should ring for four minutes at 2 p.m. to mark the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Join in the revival of the tradition and enjoy patriotic-themed hands-on activities for children. 

Do something different this year with a romantic “Full Moon & Search for Fireworks Cruise” (Haddam): Enjoy the Fourth on a relaxing evening cruise down the lower Connecticut River, timed just right to see the full moon rise. And although there are no scheduled fireworks for this evening, keep an eye out for some displayed along the edge of the river. Also, make sure to pack your picnic basket and favorite beverage! 

Grab your friends and march in WILI AM’s Boom Box Parade (Willimantic): Starting at Jilson Square at 11 am, everyone is invited to march in this people’s parade which includes no bands, just marchers who bring and play their radios while WILI AM broadcasts marching band music.