CONNECTICUT GIVES TRAVELERS
FREEDOM OF CHOICE WITH MULTIPLE FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATIONS AND GETAWAYS
HARTFORD, CT, June 8, 2004 - This Fourth of
July, Connecticut - the fifth state admitted into the Union - will give
travelers the freedom to choose from an array of patriotic celebrations,
festivities and getaway packages, which are available in several quintessential,
slice-of-Americana towns throughout the state - only a short drive away.
The Constitution State played an integral role
in the American Revolutionary War, and its Fourth of July festivities will
include parades, food festivals and a vintage baseball game. Most events will
have plenty of activities for the entire family - not to mention spectacular
firework displays. A sampling of Connecticut's "sparkling" Fourth of
July festivities include:
Fourth Annual Hartford Vintage Base Ball
Invitational - Hartford, CT
What is more American than enjoying a game of baseball with the family this
Fourth of July weekend? The Fourth Annual Hartford Vintage Base Ball
Invitational will put an old-fashioned spin to today's game as several of
America's vintage baseball teams compete in tournaments adhering to the rules,
manners, uniform styles and equipment used in the 1860s and 1880s. This fun
invitational, which is free to the public, is the largest signature 19th
century vintage baseball tournament in the country. Dates: Friday, July 2 -
Sunday, July 4 at Bushnell Park. For more information, call (800) 730-8119 or
log onto www.vbbf.com.
Independence Day Festival - Norwich, CT
Celebrate America's birthday at the Marina and Brown Park in Norwich.
Travelers can take advantage of the festival's free admission and enjoy an
old-fashioned firework display, which will be synchronized to music provided
by a local radio station. Festivities include food, entertainment and games.
Date: Sunday, July 4 beginning at 1:00 p.m. For more information, call (860)
Independence Day Holiday Celebration - Mystic,
No hoop skirt or handlebar mustache required as travelers are transported back
into time to experience an authentic 1870s Children's Parade. The celebration,
held at Mystic Seaport, will also include patriotic ceremonies and an
old-fashioned spelling bee for children. Admission is $17 for adults, $9 for
children (6-12) and children 5 and under get in free. Date: Sunday, July 4
from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. For more information, call (888) 9SEAPORT or visit www.mysticseaport.org.
21st Lobster Festival and Chicken Barbeque -
If eating is on the menu this Fourth of July, travelers can check out the 21st
Lobster Festival and Chicken Barbeque in Eastern Connecticut. Held on the
grounds of the Town Hall, the festival features an array of foods, including:
lobster, corn on the cob, barbeque chicken, fried dough, chowder and more. In
addition, visitors can shop at an arts and crafts show. Dates: July 3-4. For
more information, call (860) 739-9271.
Norwalk Patriot Days - Norwalk, CT
Although not held on Fourth of July, but still celebrating America's fight for
freedom from the British crown, families can travel to Norwalk for the town's
Patriot Days, which commemorate the 225th Anniversary of the Burning of
Norwalk. Celebrate the Past, Inc., the non-profit organization presenting the
series, will offer a selection of events leading up to a major re-enactment of
the battle. This year's event will feature a Revolutionary War Encampment at
Veteran's Memorial Park, and a re-enactment of the Flax Hill battle throughout
the streets of Norwalk. Dates of re-enactments: Saturday, July 10-Sunday, July
11. For more information, call (203) 229-0533.
The Constitution State offers great fireworks
displays including RiverFest (Saturday, July 3) in Hartford;
Fourth of July
Celebration (Sunday, July 4) in Bristol and 3-D Fireworks Display at Quassy
Amusement Park (Sunday, July 4) in Middlebury.
To find great getaway packages and values in
Connecticut this July 4th, travelers can also visit the Connecticut Tourism
Division's website at www.ctbound.org and click onto
Specials. With one simple
click, a list appears highlighting some of the hottest deals around the state.
All essential information - including a description of the package, dates of
availability and contact information - is clearly outlined, plus some direct
links are provided to each individual property and attraction mentioned in the
package. For suggested itineraries already created by the state, log onto
www.ctbound.org and select from one of the 52
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Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism
Tourism Division Director
Tel: (860) 270-8080