VERNON, CT – After a year-long hiatus at the height of the coronavirus pandemic, the July celebration in Vernon’s skies is back with a massive 75th anniversary fireworks display planned.
The event is scheduled for June 30 at Henry Park and downtown Rockville.
The rainy date is July 7th.
Family activities, music and other entertainment are scheduled from 6 p.m. The fireworks display will feature over 1,500 shells and is scheduled to begin around 9:30 pm It will be launched from Fox Hill Tower and will be visible from Henry Park and downtown Rockville.
Events at Henry Park are organized by the Vernon Parks and Recreation Department and downtown Rockville activities are organized in partnership with the Rockville Community Alliance.
âThe pandemic forced us to cancel July in the Sky last year, but we are coming back in force,â said Vernon Mayor Daniel Champagne. âJuly in the Sky is a great event that people everywhere are looking forward to. And there’s no better way to kick off the Independence Day celebration.â
Henry Park will close at 3 p.m. on June 30 so food vendors and others can move in and set up. The park will reopen for the event at 6 p.m. There is a charge of $ 5 per car and $ 1 per walker to enter the park. There is no charge to enjoy the fireworks display in downtown Rockville.
In downtown Rockville, East Main Street from Elm to Court streets, Park Place, St. Bernard’s Terrace and parts of Park and Elm streets will close at 6 p.m. so people can safely view the fireworks from Central Park or the street.
Those who attend the event will also be able to get the coronavirus vaccine for free. Vaccination clinics will be available at the tennis courts in Henry Park and in front of Vernon Town Hall in downtown Rockville. Vernon firefighters will be offering free hands-free CPR training at both locations.
Les Reminisants, an oldie cover band, will perform from 7pm to 9pm at Henry Park. A DJ will play dance music in downtown Rockville.
There will also be inflatables and other activities for kids and families at Henry Park and downtown Rockville. There is a charge for activities in the park and in Rockville.
Activities in downtown Rockville also include the Big Jim foam machine, which fills the air and the area with bubbles, and face painting.
In addition to Rockville restaurants, food vendors will set up stalls serving fried dough, ice cream, Italian ice cream, kettle corn and tacos. There will also be stalls set up by local businesses and artisans.
In downtown Rockville, a highlight before the fireworks display will be the Patriotic Push, Pull and Pedal Parade, where anyone can decorate a bike, cart, stroller, tricycle, skateboard or skateboard. other non-motorized vehicle, then go to the town hall. Free decorations will be available for people to dress up their vehicles before the parade leaves the Ladd & Hall parking lot at 7:30 p.m. Participants will meet around 6:45 p.m. to be judged.
Pets, alcohol, bicycles, skateboards, fireworks or sparklers are not allowed in Henry Park. The same is true for downtown Rockville, with the exception of parade time.
âIt’s really about the community, seeing friends and neighbors, seeing the happy faces of the kids and enjoying a traditional July 4th celebration,â said Tom DiDio of the Rockville Community Alliance.
Sponsorship and supplier opportunities available in Rockville and Henry Park. For Henry Park, contact the Vernon Parks and Recreation Department at [email protected] For downtown Rockville, contact Tom DiDio at [email protected] Volunteers are also needed for activities in Rockville.