Towns to celebrate Fourth of July
Published 4:19 pm, Thursday, July 2, 2015
The towns of New Milford and Washington will celebrate the Fourth of July holiday with traditional events, including fireworks displays in both towns.
In New Milford...
Several organizations 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. Activities, concluding Friday with the fireworks, will be offered downtown. In case of rain, only the fireworks and carnival will be July 24.
The carnival will be open July 3-4 from 5 to 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 also purchase a wristband for rides July 3 only.
Festivities will kick off on the Village Green the evening of July 3.
The crossover by the bandstand will be closed at 2:30 p.m., and Bank Street will be closed at 3:30 p.m.
At 6 p.m., the Woman's Club of Greater New Milford will construct and serve of a giant cake near the bandstand.
An opening ceremony for the celebration will be held at 6:30 p.m. on the Village Green, featuring a welcome from the Chamber of Commerce, an invocation, the singing of the National Anthem.
Musical entertainment at 7 p.m. will feature Higher & Higher at the bandstand.
The fireworks will start around 9:30 p.m., launched from over Still Meadow along Fort Hill Road.
Residents are reminded Fort Hill Road, Peagler Hill and Town View Road will be closed to traffic during the fireworks.
The town of Washington will hold a Fourth of July celebration including a road race, a picnic and fireworks.
The events, sponsored by the Washington Parks & Recreation Department, will take place Saturday.
In case of rain, the picnic and fireworks, which will be held at the Shepaug Valley School on South Street, will be held next July 4.
2015 tickets would be rain checks to be honored next year. No new tickets for next year would be printed, if the event were to be canceled this week.
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 will be allowed.
Gates for the fireworks will close at 8:45 p.m.
Entertainment will be provided by Flashback, followed by the National Anthem at about 9:30 p.m. and then the fireworks.
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.
The Eric Sloane Museum in Kent will be open Saturday, July 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will hold a traditional bell-ringing ceremony at 2 p.m.
Artist and author Eric Sloane believed church and public bells should ring for four minutes at 2 p.m. each Fourth of July to celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
The museum at 31 Kent-Cornwall Road (Route 7) is open Thursdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission to the bell ringing is free. Admission to the museum is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $5 for children ages 6 to 17.