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Greenwich plans to host numerous Independence Day celebrations

1 Jul 2013 5:12 PM
Greenwich plans to host numerous Independence Day celebrations

As the nation nears its 237th birthday this July 4, many elegant celebrations are slated to take place across the country - and a number of them will be held in Greenwich.

With its storied past and historic significance, the town makes for an appropriate location to commemorate the annual holiday. As such, local owners of luxury real estate and seasonal visitors to the area may want to plan on attending some of the sophisticated gatherings that will be hosted this Independence Day.

Fireworks displays
The Greenwich Department of Parks and Recreation recently announced its plans for the town's two fireworks shows, which will take place on Saturday, July 6. For the eighth consecutive summer, displays will be held at dusk in both Binney and Greenwich Point parks.

Binney Park - Those interested in enjoying the sounds of the Sound Beach Community Band are encouraged to gather at the park's flag pole near Sound Beach Avenue, and be on the lookout for the group in the Showmobile. The performance is planned to begin at 7:30 p.m. It may be a good idea to arrive early to ensure you get a favorable view for both the concert and fireworks display, but be advised - no grills or open flames will be allowed during the event.

Greenwich Point Park - If you're looking to watch the pyrotechnic show from the water, you can anchor your boat in the Long Island Sound or at any location around the Point. A professional DJ will provide musical entertainment leading up to the display from the South Concession area. As this is a popular park to watch fireworks from, it is recommended you arrive ahead of time and bring a flashlight, as area will be closed to vehicular traffic at 8:30 p.m. even if capacity has not been reached.

Formal ceremony
While the Independence Day fireworks displays may not be held until July 6, you can commemorate the holiday by attending the 10th Annual Fourth of July Celebration at Greenwich Town Hall. Beginning at 9 a.m., visitors will be be able to view artifacts that are related to the area's rich colonial history and participate in the yearly ceremony. During the event, flags of each of the original 13 colonies will be displayed, in hopes of honoring those Greenwich residents who are descendants of the town's founding families. The gathering will also serve to recognize the 150th anniversary of Gettysburg and the Emancipation Proclamation.