Special to The Herald
July 4 marks the nationâ€™s 242nd anniversary. To celebrate, there are plenty of activities happening in and around Central Connecticut.
Here are some highlights.
The Bristol Blues will be holding Brianâ€™s Angels Night Wednesday at 7 p.m.
To help with Brianâ€™s Angels, the Blues are offering free admission to the game and a huge fireworks show after if one brings a donated item. The Blues are asking for $5 gift cards to McDonaldâ€™s, Dunkin Donuts or any local food businesses. Canned food items, such as Chef Boyardee, Progresso soup, fruit cups, pudding cups and peanut butter crackers, will also be accepted. Other donation items needed are shoes (good condition used is fine), sleeping bags, tarps, pop up tents, deodorant and shaving cream.
Brianâ€™s Angels is dedicated to helping the homeless in Bristol. The charity supplies toiletries, non-perishable foods, clothing and temporary shelter.
The town of Plainville continues its Norton Park Summer Concerts with two concerts right before and after the Fourth of July. The Last Fair Deal, an American Roots group, will slow things down for concertgoers on Tuesday, July 3, starting at 6:30 p.m. On Tuesday, July 10, locals will get the chance to be dazzled by some lively Dixieland jazz played by the Riverboat Ramblers. Plainville Town Manager Robert E. Lee says the shows run anywhere, â€śbetween an hour and an hour and a half.â€ť Norton Park is located at 197 South Washington St. For any questions about the concerts, or other general inquiries, the Town of Plainvilleâ€™s number is 860-627-5840.
The Fourth of July wouldnâ€™t be a celebration without the annual Great American Boom at Stanley Quarter Park on Wednesday, July 4. This is the 26th year for the popular event. The fun begins at 5 p.m.. with a variety of attractions and food vendors, followed by a concert by the Latanya Farrell Band starting at 6 p.m. and the fireworks show beginning around 9:15 p.m.
The Recreation Division will have an entire fleet of attractions set up for the publicâ€™s enjoyment. These include giant trampolines, carnival games, a photo booth, interactive inflatables, micro derby car races, a caricature artist, face painters and pony rides, along with many other attractions. A $5 wristband will need to be purchased.
There will also be a family 4 pack for $15, which will allow for unlimited access to all the attractions from 5 to 8:30 pm. â€śThis is a great opportunity for families to have a picnic in the park, enjoy all the food vendors and attractions while listening to the sounds of a great pre-fireworks concert by the Latanya Farrell Band,â€ť said Director Erik Barbieri.
Also, a large array of food vendors will be on hand. The cuisine includes hamburgers, hot dogs, sausage sandwiches, fried chicken, french fries, mac and cheese, steak and cheese grinders, thai food and desserts.
On the New Britain and Berlin town lines, New Britain Stadium will pose as the site baseball and fireworks courtesy of the New Britain Bees of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball.
The first of nine fireworks displays will kick off the evening before Independence Day, Tuesday, July 3, as well as eight different Saturdays through September. For more information, visit nbbees.com, or call 860-826-2336.