July 3 (rain date July 5) at Darien High School. The gates will open at 6:30 p.m. at the campus at 80 High School Lane, and parking passes are $25 each, but walk-in admission is free.

Parking passes are on sale at the First Selectman’s Office between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at Darien Town Hall, 2 Renshaw Road, through July 2. The rain date for fireworks is Sunday, July 5.

New Canaan

July 4 (rain date July 5) at Waveny Park. Activities include picnicking, live music, food & drink stands and tons of fireworks. The park opens at 5 p.m., and tickets are $35. www.newcanaan.info


July 3 (rain date July 5) at Greenwich Point and Binney Park.

Ridgefield High School

Picnicking starts at 6 p.m. July 4 on the high school’s upper and lower fields, with music provided by the Air National Guard Band of the Northeast, and the pyrotechnics will come shortly after dusk.



A mini-triathlon at Weston Middle School on July 4 includes a pool swim, a closed-to-traffic bike ride and a run on fields and sidewalks. There will be live music, including Ticket to Ride: A Tribute to the Beatles band, and fireworks at 9:20 p.m.


July 3 (rain date July 6) at Compo Beach. Parking tickets are required for entrance for a fee, and are usually available in advance. www.westportct.gov


Before the July fireworks, there’s a day-long celebration that starts with the Freedom Run Road Race (5K), continuing with the Republicans vs. Democrats softball game, live music and fireworks at 9:30 p.m., followed by music from Eight to the Bar. www.wiltonct.org

New York City

Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular has fireworks lighting up the sky along the East River on Manhattan’s East Side — from 23rd St. to 42nd St. on the holiday.

Rye, N.Y.

Playland Amusement Park has a July 4 celebration as well as fireworks show choreographed to music every Wednesday and Friday in July and August. www.ryeplayland.org