The towns of New Milford and Washington will celebrate the upcoming Fourth of July holiday with traditional events, including fireworks displays.

IN NEW MILFORD...

Several organizations in New Milford will be involved in hosting Fourth of July activities in downtown New Milford.

The Greater New Milford Chamber of Commerce is spearheading the festivities.

The celebration will feature a Lions Club-sponsored carnival and a Chamber of Commerce-sponsored fireworks display.

Fourth of July activities, concluding July 5 with a fireworks display, will be offered downtown.

In case of rain, only the fireworks and carnival would be held July 6.

The carnival will be open July 4 from 6 to approximately 11 p.m., July 5 from 6 to approximately 11 p.m. and July 7 from 5 p.m. to approximately 10 p.m. at Young's Field on Young's Field Road.

Tickets for rides will cost $1 each. A book of 28 will cost $25.

Patrons may pay $20 for a wrist band to ride the rides July 4 and 6 only.

The carnival will offer rides, game booths and food, including refreshments served by Boy Scout Troop 58.

Fourth of July festivities will kick off downtown July 5 around 5 p.m., followed by a variety of entertainment throughout the evening and a fireworks display at dusk set off from the Fort Hill area.

At 5 p.m., Bank Street will be closed and i95 will provide music.

Water Witch Hose Co. No. 2 will offer fire truck rides at 5:30 p.m., followed by the construction and serving of a giant cake made by the Woman's Club of Greater New Milford near the bandstand on the Village Green at 6 p.m.

An opening ceremony will be held at 6:30 p.m. featuring a welcome from the Chamber of Commerce, an invocation, the singing of the National Anthem by Curtis Thompson and representation by the Color Guard of the VFW Post 1672.

Musical entertainment will feature Higher & Higher at 7 p.m. and Malone & Lads at 8 p.m., both courtesy of Water Witch Hose Co. No. 2.

The fireworks will start around 9:30 p.m., being launched from over Still Meadow on Fort Hill Road. Patriotic music will play patriotic music on Bank Street.

Residents are reminded Fort Hill Road, Peagler Hill and Town View Road will be closed to traffic during the fireworks display.

IN WASHINGTON...

The town of Washington will hold a Fourth of July celebration including a road race, a picnic and fireworks.

The event, which is sponsored by the Washington Parks & Recreation Department, will take place July 4.

In case of rain, the picnic and fireworks, which will be held at the Shepaug Valley Middle/High School campus along South Street, would be canceled.

Patrons should hold their 2013 tickets for possible use in 2014.

Families may bring their own picnic baskets to the picnic at the school after 3 p.m.

Limited concessions will be available.

No keg beer, pets or personal fireworks are allowed.

Gates for the fireworks will close at 8:45 p.m.

Entertainment will be provided by Flashback, followed by the National Anthem at 9:30 p.m. and then the fireworks.

A $20 car pass may be purchased by sending a check (for $20 per car pass) made out to Washington Parks & Recreation in a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Washington Parks & Rec, P.O. Box 383, Washington Depot, CT 06794; or may be purchased in the Parks & Rec office at Bryan Memorial Town Hall Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A limited number of tickets will be available at various times outside the Washington Food Market in Bryan Plaza.

The Stephen Reich Freedom Run, a 5K road race/walk for Washington residents and their guests, will begin on the Fourth of July at 9 a.m. at the Steep Rock horse ring. Registration will start at 8:30 a.m.

Participants are asked not to ride bikes or roller blades, or bring dogs for the race.

IN WARREN...

The Warren Historical Society will hold its annual Fourth of July bell ringing July 4 at 1:30 p.m. at the Academy on Sackett Hill Road.

Participants should bring bells.

Bell ringing on the Fourth of July was the brainstorm of John Adams, our first vice president and second president, who said on July 4, 1776 the day should be celebrated by the ringing of bells.

The custom, however, fell into disuse until 1963 when two famous Warren residents, Eric Sloane and Eric Hatch, collaborated on an article entitled "Make Freedom Really Ring."

The U.S. Sen. Abraham Ribicoff proposed a resolution calling for the ringing of bells nationwide annually on July 4 at 2 p.m.

This year, the bell ringing will feature the reading by one of Warren's young citizens of the Preamble to the Declaration of Independence, followed by refreshments.

For more information, call 860-868-6724.