Fourth of July events slated
The towns of New Milford, Washington, Kent and Warren will celebrate the Fourth of July holiday with traditional events, including fireworks displays in New Milford and Washington.
The Greater New Milford Chamber of Commerce take on the role of lead organization for the 2017 New Milford Fireworks Celebration.
For the past several years, the chamber has been able to put on a fireworks display because of community support.
The fireworks celebration will take place Saturday. A rain date of July 28 is planned.
The crossover of the Green and Bank Street will be closed at 2 p.m.
Festivities will begin at 5 p.m. with the Lions Club carnival at Young’s Field.
Offerings will take place on the Village Green, with an opening ceremony at 6:30 p.m.
The Woman’s Club of Greater New Milford will serve a giant cake.
At 7 p.m., the band The New Desperation will provide music at the bandstand.
The fireworks will begin about 9:30 p.m., and will be shot off over Fort Hill/Still Meadow.
Donations to support the fireworks can be made to GNMCC, 11 Railroad St., New Milford, CT 06776.
Washington Parks & Recreation Department will sponsor the Stephen Reich Freedom Run, a 5K road race/walk, July 4.
The event, open to Washington residents and their guests, will begin 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 July 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and offer a traditional bell ringing at 2 p.m.
When the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress in July 1776 and heralded by the Liberty Bell, delegate John Adams wrote to his wife Abigail that this day “ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade,” and festivities of all sorts.
For many years Independence Day was observed with such celebrations.
But over time, the observance and meaning of the day became diluted by other events.
Then, in 1963, Sloane and Eric Hatch proposed Let’s Ring the Bells Again and the two presented their plans for organizing national and community bell-ringing ceremonies.
Resolutions and proclamations were issued by senators, congressmen, governors and private citizens urging all to participate in bell-ringing events.
The museum at 31 Kent-Cornwall Road (Route 7) is open Fridays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For information, call 860-927-3849.
The Warren Historical Society will celebrate the Fourth of July with its annual bell-ringing event.
Inaugurated years ago by local artist and Warren resident Eric Sloane, residents will gather to “let freedom ring” on the fourth at the moment of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
Interested parties are asked to bring bells and meet at the Warren Historical Society in the Warren Community Center, 7 Sackett Hill Road, at 1:30 p.m.
Refreshments will be served.
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