The towns of New Milford and Washington will celebrate the upcoming Fourth of July holiday with traditional events including fireworks displays.


Several organizations in New Milford are involved in hosting Fourth of July activities in downtown New Milford next weekend.

The celebration will feature a Lions' Club-sponsored carnival and a Village Center Organization-sponsored fireworks display.

The carnival at Young's Field will be open Thursday, July 1 from 6 to 10 p.m., Friday, July 2 from 6 to 11 p.m. and Saturday, July 3 from 5 to 11 p.m.

Fourth of July festivities will kick off downtown July 3 around 5 p.m., followed by a variety of entertainment throughout the night and a fireworks display at dusk shot off from the Fort Hill area.

At 5 p.m., Bank Street will be closed, I-95 will provide music and Webster Bank will give away ice cream.

The Woman's Club of Greater New Milford will construct a giant cake near the bandstand at 6 p.m. and an opening ceremony will be held at 6:30 p.m.

Curtis T will provide entertainment 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., being launched over Fort Hill Road.

Motorists are reminded Fort Hill Road, Peagler Hill and Town View will be closed to traffic during the fireworks.

In case of rain, the fireworks only would be held July 10.


The town of Washington will hold a Fourth of July celebration that will include a road race, a picnic and fireworks.

The event, which is sponsored by the Washington Parks & Recreation Department, will take place July 4.

In case of rain, the picnic and fireworks, which will be held at the Shepaug Valley Middle High School on South Street, would be held July 5.

There will be no rain date for the road race.

The fireworks display will be subject to the weather. If the show is in progress and then called off, there would be no refund or rain date.

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

A $20 car pass may be purchased at Washington town hall weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. A limited number of tickets will be available on the weekends at 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 will start at 8:30 a.m.

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