The fourth of July always signals that summer is in full swing with ice cream and picnics, cookouts and swimming, gardening and berry picking. Watching a fabulous fireworks display has been the iconic way to finish off celebrating Independence Day since it was initiated by John Adams in 1777. In Fairfield County and Litchfield Hills, there are three unique ways to celebrate this holiday where families are sure to be dazzled by complex fireworks displays.
The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk in Fairfield County is offering a unique on the water view of fireworks on four different evenings on their new boat, R/V Spirit of the Sound. Participants will be treated to a double view of fireworks, one in the sky and the other reflected in the waters of Long Island Sound. Cruise out of Norwalk harbor at 7 p.m. and enjoy a gorgeous sunset before the fireworks begin. Don't forget to pack a picnic dinner as small soft sided coolers are welcome on the boat; however, please take note that glass bottles and alcoholic beverages are not allowed. The cruise is $50 per person, kids under 18 must be accompanied by an adult and at least 42 inches tall. The cruise is expected to return around 11 p.m. The boat is scheduled to go out on Thursday, July 30 to watch Westport's Compo Beach Display, Friday, July 1 to watch Stamford's Cummings Beach display, Saturday, July 2 to watch Fairfield's Penfield/Jennings Beach display and Sunday, July 3 to watch Norwalk's Calf Pasture Beach display. Capacity is limited so advance reservations are suggested.
In Litchfield Hills, Quassy is launching it's popular 3-D Laser Fireworks display on July 4 that will light up the sky over beautiful Lake Quassapaug in Middlebury. The fireworks will begin at 10:15 p.m. and will be shot from barges floating off the shore line of the lake in order to enhance the views of this patriotic phyrotechnic display. There will be special 3-D glasses sold beginning in the afternoon for $1 that benefit for the Healthy Eyes Alliance. Parking on July 4 is $10 with the park opening at 11 a.m. and featuring more than two dozen rides including the park's award winning "Wooden Warrior" rollercoaster.
America's oldest continuously operating amusement park, Lake Compounce, located on a serene private lake that is sheltered by steep rocky hillsides is also offering fireworks on July 2. The night is artfully illuminated with fireworks and a laser light show that begins 9 p.m. The best viewing spot to watch this phantasmagorical display is on the beach because the fireworks are launched from a spot across the lake. If you can't make this fabulous firework display on July 2, Lake Compounce offers the "Illuminate the Night" program on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from July 1 through August 21 that features lasers, music and amazing projections that dance across Lake Compounce with dazzling synchronicity. While visiting Lake Compounce, don't miss a ride on the new Phobia Phear Coaster and Boulder Dash, named the #1 wooden roller coaster in the world!