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July 3-5, 2015

Fourth Festivities

Things will be popping all over Connecticut this weekend. There are more than 25 firework displays scheduled over the three days (Friday-Sunday); find a display near you at this link: Fireworks. Get ready to pop out of your pants at the 55th Annual Niantic Outdoor Arts & Crafts Show & 37th Annual Niantic Lions Lobsterfest/Chicken BBQ (Saturday-Sunday). Pop on down to New London for the 75th Birthday of Ocean Beach Park. Celebrate with cake, music and a circus aerial show (Friday).

If you are looking for an escape book a Suite & Salty Wellness Package at the Residence Inn by Marriott – Danbury. The package includes overnight accommodations in one of the spacious suites; one 45-minute session at the Saltana Himalayan Salt Cave; a welcome gift upon arrival consisting of a Himalayan Salt candle holder, Himalayan bath salts, and a Himalayan soap bar; hot buffet breakfast; and use of the indoor pool and hot tub. Rates from: $179.00-$269.00.

More delightful diversions:

“La Cage Aux Folle” – Goodspeed Opera House, East Haddam 06423
Experience Jerry Herman's glittering show tunes that overflow in the outrageous tale of a family of cabaret performers led by partners George and Albin. When their son brings home his fiancée and the future in-laws, the limits of love, parenthood and mascara are put to the test. Tender romance and wild laughter are center stage as the Riviera's most delicious drag nightclub bursts to life in its Goodspeed debut (Wednesday-Sunday).

Farmer’s Market – Kennedy Park, Danbury 06810
Shop at the market that focuses on Connecticut grown produce - clams, heirlooms and more.  Entertainment included (Friday).

Fourth of July Celebration + Fireworks – Stafford Motor Speedway, Stafford Springs 06076
Watch Nascar Whelen All-American serie4s, Sk Modifieds, Late Model, SK Light Modified, Limited Late Model, Dare Stock, and U.S. Legend Cars; plus fireworks (Friday).

Independence Day – Stepping Stones Museum for Children, Norwalk 06850
Join in a day of special, kid friendly activities of milk fireworks, paper rockets and elephant toothpaste (Friday).

Celebrate Independence Day - Brownstone Exploration and Discover Park, Portland 06480
Receive 20% off entrance passes Friday through Sunday all groups of 10 or more. The celebration includes brick oven pizza, fresh antipasto – paella, smoked sausage, jerk chicken and American ribs, and desserts will be included with a reservation (Friday-Monday).

Great American Boom – Stanley Quarter Park, New Britain 06051
Bring your appetites and be prepared to enjoy a hearty 4th of July feast. Attractions include giant trampolines, carnival games, photo booths, interactive inflatables, pony rides, micro-derby car races, petting zoo. Additionally, clowns will be roaming the park performing magic and creating balloon animals along with a variety of face painters and an artist doing caricatures (Saturday).

July 4th Bell Ringing – Eric Sloan Museum, Kent 06757
Celebrate Independence Day with a traditional bell ringing ceremony. Eric Sloane, an enthusiast patriot, believed church and public bells should ring for four minutes at 2 p.m. to mark the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Guests are invited to participate in the revival of this tradition as old as the nation (Saturday).

These highlights represent just a sampling of the many exciting events taking place across Connecticut this weekend. For more information about these and other entertaining activities, use the Events Quick Search by clicking on the plus (+) next to the search box on the top right side of the page.


This Weekend in Connecticut
 July 3-5, 2015

July 1-5 – “South Pacific” - The Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main St., Ivoryton, 06442. Time: Wed. 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m., Thu. 7:30 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. Who doesn’t love this extraordinary show that includes "Some Enchanted Evening", "Younger Than Springtime," "Bali Ha'i," "There Is Nothin' Like A Dame," and "A Wonderful Guy"? But South Pacific is also a deeply felt drama. Its portrayal of Americans stationed in an alien culture in wartime is as relevant today as when it first thrilled audiences back in 1949. Admission: Adults $42, seniors $37, students $20, children $15. (860) 767-7318

July 4 – Search for Fireworks Sunset Cruise – RiverQuest, departs from Eagle Landing State Park, Rte. 82, Haddam, 06438. Time: 7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Join us aboard RiverQuest and take a relaxing evening cruise on the lower Connecticut River. Although there are no scheduled fireworks for this evening, we will “search” for any that may be displayed from homes along the edge of the river. We have had great luck the last couple of years. Bring your picnic basket and favorite beverage.  No children under 12. Please book on-line. Admission: $40. (860) 552-0677

July 4 – Pet Parade & Festival - Litchfield History Museum, 7 South St., Litchfield, 06759. Celebrate Independence Day with the annual pet parade and turn-of-the-century festival. After the parade, enjoy ice cream, old-fashioned lawn games, compete in egg and spoon races, a tug of war, three-legged races and a sunflower seed spitting contest. Pets of any kind are welcome, but all pets must be either on a leash or in a cage, where applicable, must come with a rabies certificate. Admission: Free. (860) 567-4501

July 4 – Independence Day Celebration – Mystic Seaport, 75 Greenmanville Ave., Mystic, 06355. Time: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Celebrate America’s birthday circa 1876 this Fourth of July at Mystic Seaport. Picnic alongside your 19th-century neighbors at noon and cheer for your favorite display in the Independence Day Parade at 1 p.m. A rousing 1876 Independence Day ceremony will be followed by an elegant concert featuring the Mystic Silver Cornet Band. Admission: Free with museum admission. (860) 572-0711

July 5 – High Goal Polo - Greenwich Polo Club, 1 Hurlingham Dr., Greenwich, 06831. Time: Gates open at 1 p.m., matches begin at 3 p.m. Polo matches open to the public, guests witness the highest caliber of polo while enjoying an afternoon with friends and family. Admission: $40 per car for lawn seating, $60 per for grandstand seating, $300 for box seats (seats 4), $600 for VIP private cabanas (seats 8). (203) 561-5821

July 5 - Sea Song Sampler & Ice Cream Social Down by the Riverside - Avery-Copp House, 154 Thames St., Groton, 06340. Time: 2:00-4:00 p.m. Sample the songs of our maritime and naval history featuring acclaimed chanteyman and raconteur Geoff Kaufman while enjoying a Ben & Jerry’s Sundae Bar on our riverfront property. Concert will begin at 3 p.m.  Admission: $25 in advance, $30 at the gate. Reservations are requested. (860) 445-1637

July 5 – Destiny Africa Children’s Choir - Infinity Hall Hartford, 32 Front St., Hartford, 06103. Time: 7:30 p.m. Out of the poverty-stricken and war-torn country of Uganda comes the incredibly uplifting Destiny Africa Children’s Choir. The emotional testimonies of each of these children is told through their high-energy performances of their inspirational music, A portion of your ticket will go to Nations Destiny Enterprise, the non-profit that supports the Kampala Children’s Center in Kampala, Uganda. Admission: $20/$35. (866) 666-6306

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