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July 3 - Fireworks Festival!

This year's annual Independence Day Fireworks Festival takes place on July 3rd with a music festival on the lawn of City Hall in advance and coinciding with the fireworks display over the Connecticut River.

The Festival begins around 6 p.m. and ends with fireworks splashing the night sky beginning around 9:30 p.m. The music begins with the Middletown High School Traveling Jazz Band. The Middletown Symphonic Band will accompany the fireworks with live music appropriate for the display. at 6 p.m. This year's Festival will be covered live and the music accompanying the fireworks will be included in the live broadcast - tune in to WMRD (1150 AM)/WLIS (1420 AM).

Our featured band is Forever Motown, featuring the music and choreography of Motown's hitmakers, and led by Middletown born and bred Neal Hatcher. The band has an 4 piece rhythm section, horns and 4 vocalists. As in year's past, we provide the music and you provide the dancing on the lawn.

You can also expect some new features this year with additional food vendors in a user-friendly location adjacent to the festival grounds. There is abundant free parking throughout the festival area downtown. Arrive early for the best seats, the best parking, and the best entertainment!

For more information, feel free to contact the Mayor's Office at 860.638.4801 or call the City Arts Office at 860.638.4510 or, via email at arts@middletownct.gov.