New Britain’s 2018 “Great American Boom” festival and fireworks, celebrating Independence Day, will be held on July 4th in Stanley Quarter Park.
Fireworks are set to begin at around 9:15pm.
New Britain’s fireworks display is very popular. Tens of thousands of people, both New Britain residents and visitors, join in a festive community spirit in celebration of the Independence of the nation.
In 2017, some 40,000 people gathered in New Britain on July 4th to view New Britain’s traditionally spectacular Independence Day fireworks display. While thousands gathered at Stanley Quarter Park, where the fireworks are actually launched from, thousands more gathered in numerous locations throughout a large swath of the city.
From 5:00pm to 9:00pm, there is to be a festival in Stanley Quarter Park, with carnival games, pony rides, interactive inflatables, giant trampolines, face painters, caricature artist, a photo booth, micro derby car races and food vendors.
Food vendors will be serving fried dough, hot dogs, hamburgers, fried chicken, french fries, sausage sandwiches, Thai food , steak and cheese grinders and mac and cheese. Desserts and treats available will include ice cream, slushies, Italian ice, fried desserts and funnel cakes.
The festival will feature singer Latanya Farrell, whose performance will begin at 6:00pm. Farrell’s website says, “Former CT Star Search champion, Latanya Farrell is a gifted singer, songwriter, and performer who moves audiences with passion, energy, and a love for music and life!”
It is $5.00 for a wristband for admission to the festival and family four packs are available for $15.00, allowing access to festival attractions from 5:00pm to 8:30pm.
Parking is available at nearby Central Connecticut State University.
Disabled parking is available at Stanley Quarter Park. It can be accessed via the Eddy Glover Boulevard entrance to the park.
The New Britain Police says that, “Parking will be allowed on the streets surrounding the general area of Stanley Quarter Park however there will be NO PARKING ALLOWED on the South and West sides of any street surrounding the park,” and that, “Temporary NO PARKING signs will be posted as guidance.” The Police also advise that parking violations can result in towing.
The Police recommend that those living nearby Stanley Quarter Park planning to have guests on the evening of July 4th ask them to arrive before 5:00pm. There will be temporary road closures in effect before and during the event.
The rain date for the 2018 fireworks in New Britain is July 5, 2018.