BRISTOL – With Independence Day quickly approaching, Bristol families gathered for the annual launching of fireworks at Lake Compounce Saturday in preparation for the celebration of the origins of the United States.
Adila Santos and her family while sharing some pizza said they had never come to America's oldest amusement park for the fireworks, but they were excited for the show.
“I feel pretty good. It’s going to be hot and we hope for no rain,” she said. “It’s a great place to spend with your family and it’s great that fireworks are added so we can be with our family and celebrate the Fourth of July.”
Young Aline Pinto said some of her favorite parts about Independence Day Weekend were camping and watching fireworks.
Dan Frazier and his family visited Lake Compounce because it made for an easy day of family company, he shared.
“We’ve been coming here for a couple years now,” he said. “I like that New England has parks like this. It’s got a lot of history with people coming here 175 years. Before we even had cars to get here and stuff, people would take trains from New York to come up and camp.”
Anthony Castro also brought his family to the park and said they were excited for the evening’s fireworks. It was their first time visiting Lake Compounce for the Fourth of July Weekend.
“Independence Day is about celebrating who we are, what we’ve done and what we accomplished,” he said. “I’m proud of veterans. We got to celebrate and respect them.”
Shelliane Hudson noted her family was also having a great time and her son was able to join them for Independence Day before he had to return to serve in the U.S. Army.
“We don’t have any major traditions, we just go with the flow,” said Hudson. “I feel good about American independence because my son is a soldier. He’s been in a year now. I feel good about him being in the service. No regrets so far.”
On a distance pass to be with family, Hudson’s son, Oneil Carter, said he was excited to be able to celebrate with his loved ones.
“I’m happy that I’m in the service and that I’m basically fighting for the country,” he said.
Along with its pair of scheduled fireworks shows Independence Day Weekend, Lake Compounce is set to launch a show every Saturday throughout July.
“I think it’s nostalgic and something that families do and have a tradition of coming every year,” said Lake Compounce Marketing Director Lynsey Winters. “It’s something people definitely look forward to for July Fourth Weekend. We’re keeping the tradition going and providing something fun for families in the area so they don’t have to drive into Hartford.”
Winters noted the fireworks shows are set to last around 20 minutes. After they end, families will be guided from the park.