Friday, July 4, 2008

Thames River Fireworks Schedule

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Norwich's fireworks, on the Thames River, will be the first of the three major fireworks displays on or near the Mohegan Reservation over the next two weeks.

Norwich will hold their fireworks on Saturday, July 5 and New London's fireworks will be one week later, on Saturday, July 12.

New London's fireworks are part of their annual Sailfest event and said to be the second largest Grucci fireworks display in the nation. Although Foxwoods backed out as a sponsor of the Norwich fireworks, the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe is a major sponsor for the fireworks at New London. Another good spot to see the New London fireworks on the Thames River is from Fort Griswold, high up on the Groton side of the Thames River.

Between those two dates and those two cities on the Thames River, the Mohegan Sun will begin its annual summer fireworks displays on Wednesday, July 9. The fireworks will be held on every Wednesday until August 27 and can be seen from the top of the Riverview Garage.

Mohegan Sun is also a sponsor the Hartford/East Hartford region's fireworks on the Connecticut River. Mohegan Sun presents Riverfest 2008 with fireworks to be held Saturday, July 5th. The fireworks will be launched from barges on the Connecticut River between East Hartford and Hartford.

The Mashantucket Pequot Museum will host a powwow festival with dancers, music and American Indian food and crafts on July 9 and 10. The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day on the museum's terrace and is free with museum admission. For more information, call 1-800-411-9671 or visit This event shouldn't be confused with the Mashantucket Pequot's annual Schemitzun Festival, which will be held August 21-24.

Local fireworks schedule at a glance:

Saturday, July 5 - Norwich
Saturday, July 5 - Hartford/East Hartford on Connecticut River
Wednesday, July 9 - Mohegan Sun Riverview Garage
Saturday, July 12 - New London/Groton
Note: Pocono Downs will have fireworks displays on July 3 and July 4.