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 7 with a fireworks display, will be offered downtown.

In case of rain, only the fireworks would be held July 8.

The carnival will be open July 5 from 6 to 10 p.m.; July 6 from 6 to 11 p.m.; and July 7 from 5 p.m. until closing (between 10:30 and 11 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 5 only.

Fourth of July festivities will kick off downtown July 7 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.

Starting at 6 p.m., the Woman's Club of Greater New Milford will construct and serve a giant cake 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 T. and representation by the Color Guard of the VFW Post 1672.

At 7 p.m., 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 will start around 9:30 p.m., launched from over Still Meadow on Fort Hill Road. Patriotic music will be played on Bank Street.

Residents are reminded that the southern crossover of the Green will be closed from 2:30 p.m. until after the fireworks display at dusk; Bank Street will be closed from 3:30 p.m. until after the fireworks show; and 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 Wednesday, July 4.

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

In that case, patrons should hold their 2012 tickets for use in 2013.

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 in the Parks & Rec Office at Washington 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 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 starts at 8:30 a.m.

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