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

NEW MILFORD

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

The celebration will feature a Lions Club-sponsored carnival and a Village Center Organization- and New Milford Charitable Fund Inc.-sponsored fireworks display.

The carnival will take place Thursday through July 2 at Young's Field on Young's Field Road.

Fourth of July activities, concluding July 2 with a fireworks display, will be offered downtown.

In case of rain, only the fireworks will be July 3.

The carnival will be open Thursday from 6 to 10 p.m., July 1 from 6 to 11 p.m. and July 2 from 5 to 11 p.m. Patrons may pay $20 for a wrist band to ride the rides Thursday. Individual ride tickets will be $1. A strip of 28 tickets will cost $25.

Boy Scout Troop 58 will provide refreshments.

Fourth of July festivities will kick off downtown July 2 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.

In case of rain, the fireworks display would be July 3.

The Greater New Milford Chamber of Commerce will have a qualifying round for its Challenge 44 -- a contest similar to the "Minute to Win It" TV show -- from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the railroad station.

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

Starting at 6 p.m., the Woman's Club of Greater New Milford will construct a giant cake near the bandstand on the Village Green and Webster Bank will offer free ice cream.

An opening ceremony will be condcuted at 6:30 p.m. featuring speaker Jayson Roberts, president of the VCO, an invocation, the national anthem and the VFW Post 1672 Color Guard.

Curtis T will provide entertainment, courtesy of the New Milford Commission on the Arts, at the bandstand from mid-evening until the fireworks display, as well as after the display.

The fireworks, being launched from over Still Meadow on Fort Hill Road, will start around 9:30 p.m and end around 10:15.

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

WASHINGTON

The town of Washington will have a Fourth of July celebration that will include a road race, a picnic and fireworks.

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

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

Patrons should hold onto their 2011 tickets for use in 2012.

Families may bring their own food 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 and then the fireworks.

A $20 car pass may be purchased in the Parks and Recreation Office at Washington Town Hall Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. A limited number of tickets will be available at various times outside the Washington Food Market in Bryan Hall 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 in-line skates or bring dogs for the race.