The Fourth of July holiday arrived last week a day later in New Milford, but with no less celebration and fanfare.

Traditional events, highlighted by a rousing fireworks show hosted by the Greater New Milford Chamber of Commerce, entertained many thousands on Friday, July 5, in and around the village center.

The event featured a Lions Club-sponsored carnival that held court for kids of all ages for two days at Young's Field.

The volunteer firefighters of Water Witch Hose Co. No. 2, celebrating their own 150th birthday this year, offered fire truck rides while proudly showcasing the stars and stripes high above the Green from their cherry picker.

A giant cake made by the Woman's Club of Greater New Milford helped commemorate our nation's 237th birthday on the Village Green.

The singing of the national anthem by Curtis Thompson and representation by the color guard of the VFW Post 1672 were other high points of the early-evening program.

Music by Higher & Higher and Malone & Lads, both courtesy of Water Witch Hose Co. No. 2, provided entertainment until the fireworks began from Fort Hill.

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Photography by Trish Haldin