Wednesday, July 4, 2018
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10:00am [10:00am] Southport: Bike Parade and Lawn Games
Celebrate the 4th of July with the annual bike parade! Bring your festively decorated bikes, scooters, or wagons to Five Corners in Southport Village and parade to the Great Lawn for some fun and games. Face painting, sack races, hula hoop contest, crafts, and more. Food available for purchase. More info: 203-259-0346, ext 115

1:00pm [1:00pm] Norwalk: Reenacters and Bell-Ringing
The Norwalk Historical Society will host a very special “Independence Day at Mill Hill Historic Park” which will feature an encampment by Revolutionary War reenactors representing the Marbleheaders and the 1st Rhode Island Regiment of Foot. The day will also include the annual “Let Freedom Ring” Bell Ringing Ceremony. “Independence Day at Mill Hill Historic Park.” From 1 p.m.-4 p.m., learn about the life of a soldier during the American Revolution. Reenactors from the Sable Soldiers of the American Revolution will bring to life soldiers from the Marbleheaders and the 1st Rhode Island Regiment of Foot and will create an historical encampment filled with Revolutionary War artifacts and props. Stories of the impact these soldiers made on the Revolution as well as tales of important historical figures will be woven into demonstrations of military drills, weapons of the period, and an interactive live firing of a cannon. At 1:30 p.m., the Marbleheaders and 1st Rhode Island Regiment of Foot will gather in the Town House with the community for the annual “Let Freedom Ring” Bell Ringing Ceremony. The Town House bell will toll 13 times to commemorate the founding of the original 13 colonies. Selected sections of the Declaration of Independence will be read by Norwalk’s Town Clerk, Rick McQuaid. Senator Bob Duff, Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling as well as other local dignitaries will take part in this wonderful patriotic ceremony! About the Sable Soldiers of the American Revolution Portraying the Historical Regiments of African Heritage in America's Wars of Independence- American War Revolution -1776, and the The War of 1812-1815- featuring 1st Rhode Island Regiment, The Black Mariners of Col. Glovers Marbleheaders, Les Chasseures Voluntaire, Blackjacks of the War of 1812

[2:10pm] Litchfield: Pet Parade and Turn-of-the-Century Fest
Celebrate Independence Day with the Litchfield Historical Society’s annual Pet Parade and Turn-of-the-Century Festival. Community members, with or without pets, are invited to participate. The town ceremony ends with firing a cannon 13 times beginning at 2 p.m. Pets should arrive no earlier than 2:15p.m. to register for the parade and be eligible for awards. After the parade, enjoy ice cream and old-fashioned lawn games. Participants will have the opportunity to compete in egg and spoon races, a tug of war, a sunflower seed spitting contest, and three-legged races. The event is free and open to the public. Pets of any kind are welcome, but all pets must be either on a leash or in a cage and, where applicable, must come with a rabies certificate or town license. Registration begins at 2:15 pm and the celebration kicks off at 2:30 pm. To register, call (860) 567-4501 or email registration@litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org.

[5:00pm] New Britain: Great American Boom
Come out for food, amusements, live music, and the one of the best fireworks show in the state at the Great American Boom at Stanley Quarter Park in New Britain. *Parking available at CCSU and surrounding neighborhoods *$5 for kids' entertainment/amusement wristbands