BETHEL - So you thought fireworks ended with the Fourth of July? Wrong.

On the first night of its three-day birthday party to celebrate being 150-years-old, Bethel will light up the night sky with plenty of fireworks. The fireworks display for the "sesquicentennial" party is set for Friday at 9 p.m. on the Bethel High School football field in the David Deakin Educational Park. Rain date is Saturday at the same time. Fireworks should last about 20 minutes and the best viewing areas, said Bethel Fire Marshall Tom Galliford , are the Berry school fields, the field at Judd Avenue and Whittlesey Drive, the
Bethel Middle School parking lot and the Johnson school parking lot and fields. Galliford also set some rules "to help keep the show safe and enjoyable." Since parking is limited, he suggested car pooling to the educational park and once there "use parking lots throughout the school complex." No alcohol or personal fireworks are allowed and Galliford asks everyone to "please obey the posted barriers." The fireworks end the first night of the celebration which begins downtown earlier in the evening with a kickoff ceremony at 6 p.m. at
P.T. Barnum Square. A detailed rundown of all the events during the three-day party will appear on the Bethel town page in the Friday edition of The News-Times. The celebration coincides with the annual Summer Festival and Sidewalk Sales sponsored by the Bethel Chamber of Commerce . Besides the fireworks, there will be dozens of birthday events including the grand re-opening of the newly renovated and expanded
Bethel Public Library on Saturday, a parade on Sunday and plenty of music throughout the three days of festivities. Music ranges from rock to blues to Irish tunes. History plays a major role in the celebration which includes a Civil War encampment, special exhibits at the Bethel Historical Society Museum , a clown museum in recognition of Bethel's famous native son, the showman P.T. Barnum, and walking tours through historic Bethel sites. As part of the celebration, the town has encouraged a community-wide reading of "The Life of P.T. Barnum: Written by Himself." Tonight a program called Bethel Reads Barnum at the Municipal Center on School Street from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. will include a discussion of the autobiography. Organizers of the sesquicentennial birthday bash are hoping for good weather since most of the events are outdoors with many of them on the Municipal Center lawn. In case of rain, the shows and events will be inside the Municipal Center.


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