There are so many ways to celebrate the Fourth of July this coming long weekend. Towns of New England always radiate a particular old glory and American charm. This Independence Day, though, local communities are simply bursting with patriotic opportunities (not just fireworks) to come together and be thankful for this great nation in which we live. From parades and carnivals to old-fashioned lawn games, American history trivia and even readings of the Declaration of Independence, local Fourth of July traditions epitomize pure pride in our home of the red, white and blue.
Here are a few community events and activities that you won’t want to miss this 4th of July weekend in local towns of Connecticut and the Berkshires.
Participants of all ages will enjoy the 4th annual Bike Parade held at the Five Corners in Southport Village. Make sure to arrive at 10 AM sharp with your decorated wheels to be a part of the parade which ends at the familiar Pequot Library. Continue the festivities with some food and good old-fashioned lawn games including sack races, an American history trivia contest, face painting and more.
Keep those legs pumping with the Weston Family 4th Mini Triathlon located at Weston Middle School. The whole family should arrive at 8 AM to do some laps in the pool, continue the energy with a street bike ride and cool down with a run on fields and sidewalks. Set a personal goal and find out your time at the end of the race. Part of the proceeds goes towards the nondenominational education center, The Caroline House. Weston’s patriotic pride doesn’t end there. Be sure to attend the Weston firework show later in the evening.
It’s a parade, but with a theme. This year’s 35th Annual Madison Exchange Parade will take place in downtown Madison promptly at 11 AM. The theme this year is America’s First Responders, so all participation to honor these dedicated men and women is greatly appreciated. Nearly 100 community floats, bands, antique cars, professional musical performances and more, make this parade recognized as one of the finest in all of Connecticut.
Out in the Berkshires, the Shakespeare & Company of Lenox venue will be hosting a revolutionary Fourth of July weekend. Enjoy time in the beautiful outdoors while showing your patriotic pride. Listen to a reading of the Declaration of Independence and complete the day with delicious all-American burgers, hotdogs, beer and much more.
No matter where you end up, no Fourth of July celebration is complete without fireworks. For a detailed list of local Connecticut firework displays, click here.