4th of July in Hartford

The city’s second annual Bonanza event ended Sunday with fireworks after a day of music, food and entertainment.

HARTFORD, Conn. — HartfordSunday’s second annual Bonanza event drew many people to Bushnell Park for live music, local food vendors and fireworks to celebrate the 4th of July.

“Coming out of the pandemic, I think it’s critical to get people out,” said event organizer Eugene Morton Jr. “I’m just trying to spotlight a lot of different people. Give people the opportunity to show off their skills.”

A group to take the stage included jazz musician and Hartford native Nat Reeves. He said the city has a lot of talent to showcase.

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“It gives people a place to come and just feel comforted by the sounds of music,” he said.

Many families came out for the fireworks, including the Singh family from West Hartford. Mum Shayna says the children were thrilled to see their first fireworks experience.

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“To be able to put them through things like this, to see them experience it for the first time, you just can’t put a price tag on it,” dad Surendra said.

The 4th of July means family for this West Hartford band. Many events were canceled over the weekend due to weather, but clear skies on Sunday meant events across Connecticut to celebrate independence.

“The 4th of July means a chance for me to relax,” Reeves said.

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Erin Vazquez, owner of food truck La Guera, said she wants to support her community at the event.

“The economy has been really tough, so any income we can get that we can put into our expenses for the food truck and for the restaurant, that really helps us,” she said. “It’s just nice to hang out and enjoy everyone’s company.”

Tony Black is a multimedia reporter at FOX61 News. He can be reached at [email protected]. Follow him on Facebook, Twitter and instagram.

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