FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- Independence Day is synonymous with fireworks, leaving the big question: Where to go to find them?
Fairfield County is ablaze with options. A sampling follows; feel free to add any we've missed in our comments section below.
Thursday, July 2, Danbury: Entertainment begins at 6 p.m. at Danbury Fair Mall and includes music by Fast Ricky and The Wild Ones, inflatables for the kids, and a food and beer tent. Fireworks begin at dusk. Fireworks Fun: www.danburyfairmall.com/ .
Thursday, July 2, Stamford: Head to Cummings Park, where entertainment begins at 6 p.m. with music by DJ More than Music; fireworks start at 9 p.m. Fireworks Fun: www.stamfordct.gov/. Rain date: July 3rd
Friday, July 3, Norwalk: Calf Pasture Beach is where the action is; music starts at 5:30 p.m. with the Amazing Andy Show (magic, juggling, comedy, audience participation) followed by DJ Nuzzo and Jimmy & The Parrots, a Jimmy Buffet tribute band. Fireworks Fun: www.norwalkct.org/. Rain date is July 5.
Friday, July 3, Darien: Watch the sky light up over Darien High School; doors open at 6:30 p.m. Fireworks Fun : (203) 803-7003. Rain date is Sunday, July 5.
Friday, July 3, Fairfield: Fireworks explode around 9:15 p.m. from a barge off of Long Island Sound meaning the best viewing is either at Penfield or Jennings Beaches. Fireworks Fun: (203) 256-3144, www.fairfieldct.org/fireworks /. Rain date: July 4th.
Friday, July 3, Westport: Get ready to "ooh" and "aah" at Compo Beach where year after year residents gather to celebrate America's birthday. Fireworks Fun: www.westportpal.org/ . Rain date is July 6.
Friday, July 3, Greenwich: Relax at Binney Park with pre-fireworks entertainment by Music by the Sound Beach Community starting at 7:30 p.m. Fireworks begin at approximately 9:10 p.m. Fireworks Fun: www.greenwichct.org/ . Rain date is July 5.
Saturday, July 4, New Canaan: Waveny Park is the site for a spectacular light show that begins at 9 p.m. Come early, say those in the know, ideally anytime after 5 p.m., for activities that include picnicking, live music, and lots of food and drink options. Fireworks Fun: www.newcanaan.info/ .
Saturday, July 4, Bridgeport : The Ballpark at Harbor Yard is where you can both watch the Bluefish light up the opposition; then enjoy a light show post game. Fireworks Fun: www.bridgeportbluefish.com/ .
Saturday, July 4, Ridgefield: Ridgefield High School is where picnicking starts at 6 p.m. with the pyrotechnics beginning shortly after dusk. Fireworks Fun: www.ridgefieldct.org/ . Rain date is July 5.
Saturday, July 4, Rowayton: Rowayton fireworks will pop, rock and delight starting at 9:15 p.m. offshore from Bayley Beach. Fireworks Fun: www.rowaytonct.com /.
Saturday, July 4, Weston: Weston Parks & Recreation, along with Fairfield County Bank present a day of fun and fireworks at Weston Middle School. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. and include a barbecue with food by Calise's Food Market starting at 6 p.m., the Westport Community Band at 6:15 p.m., The Magic Genie at 7:15 p.m. followed by a tribute to the Beatles with fireworks at 9:20 p.m. Fireworks Fun: www.westonct.gov .
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