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    Celebrating the Fourth of July in New Haven

    070114 Mayor’s Message

    While the 2014 International Festival of Arts and Ideas may have ended, summer is just beginning. This weekend, we will come together on the Fourth of July as a community of citizens dedicated to the ideals upon which our nation was founded. Begin your holiday by enjoying New Haven’s annual fireworks display on Friday evening. Then, after a good night’s rest, recharge with family and friends and head over to the little-known but perennially beautiful Fort Wooster Park. And when you’ve had enough of the outdoors, take a visit to our city’s public library and cool down while enjoying free programs for all ages.

    I promise an extravagant show of fireworks beginning at 9:15 p.m. this Friday (or Saturday, if the weather proves uncooperative). As in the past, they will be launched from “Indian Head” rock. In 2013, thousands of people gathered at the top of East Rock to enjoy live music, horse-drawn carriage rides, and traditional picnic dinners. I encourage each of you to watch the display and celebrate with family, friends, and neighbors. Prime viewing spots include the summit and base of East Rock.

    To continue in the Americana spirit, I invite you to explore a New Haven historic green space that has only recently come to public attention. While many of you know about Wooster Square – home to our famed Saturday farmer’s market, Pepe’s, and the annual Cherry Bloosom Festival – you may not be as familiar with Fort Wooster. The park, located on the East Shore of New Haven, once served as a one-time battlefield in 1779. It also served as a base from which American Patriots could alert comrades of incoming British ships. Long forgotten to the forces of nature, Fort Wooster Park is now undergoing a wonderful transformation. Join the Friends of Fort Wooster in sprucing up the area, as well as for “period reenactments, music, food, tours of the park and lots of history” from 12p.m. to 4p.m. on Saturday, July 5th.

    Lastly, I would like to highlight some of the many programs that will be offered at all New Haven Public Library locations by the Summer Reading Club. Coming up at the Ives Main Branch -- see a 3-D printer in action on a field trip to Yale’s Center for Engineering, Innovation, and Design, a hub of technology and curiosity (intended for ages 8-12; call 203-946-8129 to register). Also be sure to bring your friends and some summer reading recommendations to the Elm Street Book Club, held two Thursdays a month beginning July 10.

    I wish you all a safe and celebratory holiday weekend. Check back next week for updates on more events and programs taking place in our great city.


    Mayor Toni Harp

    Contact Name: Laurence Grotheer

    Contact Email: lgrotheer@newhavenct.net

    Contact Phone: 203-946-7660


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