Fireworks Set for July 4th

By at June 29, 2017 | 2:30 pm | Print


The 25th Annual Great American Boom is back this year and may just be the best one yet.

It will take place at Stanley Quarter Park on Tuesday, July 4, 2017 (rain date: July 5). According to the parks and recreation department, this giant 4th of July celebration begins at 5 p.m. with the opening of several attractions and food vendors, followed by a concert starting at 6 p.m. by the Latanya Farrell Band.

According to, “Farrell is a gifted singer, songwriter, and performer who moves audiences with passion, energy, and a love for music and life! Her award winning vocal talent and style has influences that include Whitney Houston, Natalie Cole, Alicia Keys, Aretha Franklin, Mariah Carey and Jill Scott.”

A special All-America City celebration, held at 8:45 p.m., will mark New Britain’s recent designation by the National Civic League, and the spectacular fireworks display will begin at approximately 9:15 p.m.

“We want to make sure we are presenting the All-America designation to the people of the City,” said Mayor Erin Stewart. “What better place to do that than at the park on the fourth of July where there are 30,000 people in attendance.”

The award and the new 2017 All-America City banner will be unveiled. City leaders and those integral in helping to acquire the award will be honored.

The Recreation Division will have an entire fleet of attractions set up for the public’s enjoyment. The fleet consists of giant trampolines, carnival games, a photo booth, interactive inflatables, video games, micro derby car races, caricature artist, face painters, pony rides, along with many other attractions. A $5 wristband will need to be purchased. There will also be a family 4 pack for $15, which will allow for unlimited access to all the attractions from 5 – 8:30 p.m.

“This is a great opportunity for a family to have a picnic in the park, enjoy all the food vendors, have fun at all the attractions and enjoy a great pre-fireworks concert by the Latanya Farrell Band,” said Director Erik Barbieri.

This year will host the largest array of food vendors in the history of the Great American Boom including: hamburgers, hot dogs, sausages, pizza, steak and cheese grinders, thai food, fried dough, funnel cakes, fried desserts, Italian ice, ice cream, slushies and more. So bring your appetites and be prepared to enjoy a hearty 4th of July feast.

“The Great American Boom is one of New Britain’s premier events that draws over 30,000 attendees each year,” said Mayor Stewart. “For 2017, we will have a huge variety of food options and entertainment options for the entire family. It’s always a fun time for the kids and families. Come early and bring an appetite.”

Parking will be made available at Central Connecticut State University. Be sure to arrive early and bring your blankets, lawn chairs, and bug spray to sit down and enjoy the firework show.

“Traffic leaving is never easy but we want to encourage people to park at the Central Connecticut State University to improve traffic flow,” added Mayor Stewart.

For more program information check out our summer brochure, or visit, or call the Parks and Recreation Hotline at 860-826-3360.

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