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You don’t have to drive to the big city to celebrate the 4th of July. Here are some local, family events to help you celebrate Independence Day:
Wednesday, July 4: Parade in Pleasant Valley, Barkhamsted
The parade forms on Wednesday, July 4, on West River Road in the Pleasant Valley section of Barkhamsted at 10:00 a.m. and steps off at 10:30 a.m., marching to Barkhamsted Elementary School for ceremonies.
Wednesday, July 4: Fireworks at Lake Compounce, Bristol – POSTPONED TO FRIDAY, JULY 6
Fireworks show at the Amusement Park. Show will begin a little after 9 p.m.
Due to the weather forecast, the fireworks have been postponed to Friday, July 6.
For more information about the hours, cost for tickets etc. to the amusement park, visit the Lake Compounce website.
Saturday, July 7: Independence Day Fireworks Celebration
The Celebration is being held at the Torrington Middle School, Middle School Drive. Gates open at 5 p.m. and the fireworks will start around 8:45 p.m.
There will be rides, games, food, music and – of course – fireworks.
Saturday, July 7: Riverfest, Hartford
32nd Annual Riverfest features free entertainment including live bands, musicians, clowns and other walk-a-bout entertainers, kids’ activities and highlighted by fireworks over the Connecticut River.
Activities are from 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and take place in three beautiful Hartford locations all within walking distance of each other: Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Great River Park, Founders Plaza.
For more information visit the Riverfest 2012 website.
Fireworks Displays Across Connecticut
There are 50 fireworks displays scheduled around the state during the whole month of July. Check out the list on the CT Visit website.
Fireworks Safety: Some Common Sense Tips
It wouldn’t be a 4th of July celebration without fireworks, whether at a professional display or in your own backyard. We’d like to help make your 4th of July celebration safe and fun for all. Here are some common-sense safety tips for using consumer fireworks from the from the National Council on Fireworks Safety.
Follow these tips and help ensure that your fireworks display will be all fun and injury-free:
- Parents and caretakers should always closely supervise teens if they are using fireworks.
- Parents should not allow young children to handle or use fireworks.
- Fireworks should only be used outdoors.
- Always have water ready if you are shooting fireworks.
- Know your fireworks. Read the caution label before igniting.
- Obey local laws. If fireworks are not legal where you live, do not use them.
- Alcohol and fireworks do not mix.
- Wear safety glasses whenever using fireworks.
- Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
- Soak spent fireworks with water before placing them in an outdoor garbage can.
- Avoid using homemade fireworks or illegal explosives: They can kill you!
- Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire or police department.
And note these special safety tips, if using sparklers:
- Always remain standing while using sparklers.
- Never hold a child in your arms while using sparklers.
- Never hold, or light, more than one sparkler at a time.
- Never throw sparklers.
- Sparkler wire and stick remain hot long after the flame has gone out. Be sure to drop spent sparklers in a bucket of water.
- Teach children not to wave sparklers, or run, while holding sparklers.
And remember: ALCOHOL AND FIREWORKS DON’T MIX!
The National Council on Fireworks Safety urges you to follow these common sense safety rules this Fourth of July in your holiday celebrations.
For a full list of fireworks safety tips and a safety video, please visit www.FireworksSafety.org.
The National Council on Fireworks Safety is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization whose sole mission is to educate the public on the safe and responsible use of consumer fireworks.