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 will once again take on the role of lead organization for the 2016 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 be held July 2. A rain date of July 29 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.

On the Green, offerings will include a giant birthday cake with the Woman’s Club of Greater New Milford at 6 p.m. and an opening ceremony, including a welcome from the Greater New Milford Chamber of Commerce and an invocation by the Rev. Alex da Silva Souto of the New Milford United Methodist Church, at 6:30 p.m.

In addition, Ray Plue will lead the National Anthem and a Curtis T. dedication.

At 7 p.m., Perfect Timing Duo 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.


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 July 2.

In case of rain, the picnic and fireworks, which will be held at the Shepaug Valley School on South Street, will be held July 3.

There will be no fireworks next year, so if they are cancelled, ticket-holders must return their ticket for a full refund.

No ticket, no refund.

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 about 9:30 p.m. and then the fireworks.

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 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 Again1” 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 more 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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