Thousands of Greater New Milford-area residents and their guests helped New Milford celebrate our nation's 235th birthday two days early.

Several organizations contributed their efforts Saturday to host Fourth of July activities in downtown New Milford.

The event featured a four-day Lions Club-sponsored carnival and a fireworks display set off from Fort Hill that was sponsored by the Village Center Organization and the New Milford Charitable Fund.

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