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2017 New Year’s Eve / First Night Celebrations in New England

Less than a week left to 2016 – In our annual tradition of rounding up New Year’s Eve / First Night celebrations around New England we have come up with the following list of events to ring in 2017 in style…

Connecticut New Year’s Eve / First Night Celebrations

Maine New Year’s Eve / First Night Celebrations

Massachusetts New Year’s Eve / First Night Celebrations

New Hampshire New Year’s Eve / First Night Celebrations

Rhode Island New Year’s Eve / First Night Celebrations

Vermont New Year’s Eve / First Night Celebrations

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2016 New England Fourth of July Fireworks Displays

Picture of Fireworks in Edgartown, MAIndependence Day 2015 is a week from today. Following is our annual round-up of 4th of July fireworks displays to help you celebrate Independence Day in style. So launch into summer with a bang this 4th. There are many great fireworks displays to help celebrate the Uncle Sam’s birthday – check out the links below to find one near you.

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2016 Fourth of July Fireworks Displays in Connecticut

With the Fourth of July just a few weeks away it is time to start considering where you will take in an annual Independence Day fireworks display. To help you out we start  our annual roundup of New England fireworks displays in the State of Connecticut. There are numerous fireworks displays across the state to help you celebrate the Fourth.

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2016 New Year’s Eve / First Night Celebrations in New England

The calendar is not only down to one page but there is less than a week left to 2015. In our annual tradition of rounding up New Year’s Eve / First Night celebrations around New England we have come up with the following list to ring in 2016 in style…

Connecticut New Year’s Eve / First Night Celebrations

Maine New Year’s Eve / First Night Celebrations

Massachusetts New Year’s Eve / First Night Celebrations

New Hampshire New Year’s Eve / First Night Celebrations

Rhode Island New Year’s Eve / First Night Celebrations

Vermont New Year’s Eve / First Night Celebrations

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Connecticut 2015 Christmas and Holiday Events

Picture of Christmas OrnamentsContinuing with our 2015 roundup of New England Christmas events finds us in the State of Connecticut where there is plenty to get you into the holiday spirit:

Christmas Tree Lightings and Light Displays

Performances of A Christmas Carol

Performances of the Nutcracker

Performances of The Messiah

  • December 12, 2015: Handel’s Messiah by the Stamford Symphony at the Palace Theatre in Stamford, CT
  • December 13, 2015: Handel’s Messiah at the First Congregational Church of Greenwich in Old Greenwich, CT

Holiday Pops Concerts and Other Holiday Concerts

Other Events

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The Many Ends to Summer

Make no mistake – there really is only one end to summer, and in 2015 September 22 is the last day of summer. But for most, there are symbolic ends to summer – a period of time where your activities shift from those of summer to those of fall. The most commonly referenced symbolic end to summer is Labor Day Weekend – this coming weekend. By Labor Day Weekend almost everyone, except for empty nesters or families without school-age children, has moved on to fall activities.

For others, whose children go back to school in the last couple of weeks of August, the symbolic end comes earlier.

For me the first big “notice” that summer is coming to an end is the third week of August. That is the week of the last three big events of summer on the Island of Martha’s Vineyard. Starting with the Wednesday of that week with Grand Illumination in Oak Bluffs, followed by the Ocean Park fireworks on Friday, and of course the annual Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society fair from Thursday through Sunday. That is biggest week of the entire summer on the Island and the cap to the summer season with a bang. After that the Island is clearly shifting into wind-down mode. Student summer help starts to disappear and many families with school-age children head home to start school. I always start looking for the first colored leaves of fall foliage season after this week.

For those not beholden to the schedules of school though, here is a little secret. The first three weeks of September, both on Martha’s Vineyard and other tourist destinations throughout New England, are usually the nicest weeks of the summer. The weather is still warm, at the coast the water is at its warmest for the season, and the crowds are gone! For these lucky individuals, summer will really end on September 22.

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2015 New England Fourth of July Fireworks Displays

Independence Day 2015 is less than a week away. It is time to start planning in earnest where you are going to take in your annual Fourth of July fireworks display. So launch into summer with a bang this 4th. You will find many great fireworks displays to help celebrate the birthday of the ol’ red, white, and blue – check out the links below to find one near you.

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2015 Fourth of July Fireworks Displays in Connecticut

Fourth of July is just a few weeks away and it is time for our annual roundup of 4th of July festivities. We start our annual roundup in the State of Connecticut where there are numerous fireworks displays to help you celebrate Independence Day.

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Thanks for the Her Campus Shout Out

Many thanks to Shannon Foglia who mentioned us in her article The Ultimate New England Summer Bucket List. It’s an excellent list of things to do this summer and very wisely mentions going to a drive-in theater with a link to our post New England Drive-In Theaters.

Some things that we might add to her list:

  • Attend an agricultural fair – Shannon does mention fairs and festivals, but we would expand her list to include all of the wonderful agricultural, county and state fairs that happen in the summer into early fall
  • Attend a music festival – Again expanding on Shannon’s “Go to an outdoor concert” suggestion, we call your attention to all of the wonderful annual music festivals that fill the summer with great tunes…
  • Attend some summer theater – See New England Summer Theater
  • Go to the beach – With great beaches from Maine to Connecticut, there is something for everyone…
  • Visit an antique carousel – This might be interesting to pair with Shannon’s “Go on a unique date”. New England is home to the two oldest antique wooden carousels in the country and many other antique gems. See New England’s Antique Carousels and New England’s Antique Metal Carousels.

Thanks again Shannon. And have a great summer!

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Lake Compounce Buy One Get One Free Deal

Lake Compounce in Bristol, CT is starting off the season right with a buy one regular admission ticket and get the other ticket for free deal – or $40.99 for two tickets. The deal is only available online and the tickets are only good for May 9 (opening day for the 2015 season), 10, 16 and 17, 2015. Be sure to check out the new Dino Expedition when there.

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