See Fireworks from the Maritime Aquarium’s Research Boat on Long Island Sound


Fireworks burst over Yokota Air Base July 4. The 374th Force Support Squadron provided Yokota residents and their guest with events for all ages. The day kicked off with the Firecracker 5K run and a wide variety of activities throughout the day to include go-carts, petting zoo, live entertainment, food and fireworks. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Michael Dillon) (photo via Wikimedia Commons)

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Enjoy a unique water view of municipal holiday displays — times two, thanks to reflections on the surface — and avoid the crowds and traffic aboard Fireworks Cruises with The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.

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July 4 fireworks burst over Yokota Air Base in Japan. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Michael Dillon) (photo via Wikimedia Commons)

The Aquarium is offering outings to four fireworks displays aboard its R/V Spirit of the Sound, the country’s only research vessel with quiet “green” hybrid-electric propulsion. The 64-foot catamaran has two deck levels for optimum viewing enjoyment.

“The Fireworks Cruises give participants special, easy access to the local displays,” said Dave Sigworth, the Aquarium’s spokesman.

“You won’t have to lug lawn chairs along. There won’t be trees in your way. You won’t have to sit in your car for an hour afterward. Instead, you’ll enjoy a beautiful relaxing ride out on Long Island Sound, perhaps a great sunset, and then an incredible view of the Fourth of July fireworks.”


an announcement from the Maritime Aquarium


Here’s the Aquarium’s patriotic-pyrotechnics plan, with fireworks viewing at sea:

• Thursday, June 30 — Westport’s Compo Beach display

• Saturday, July 2 — Fairfield’s Penfield/Jennings Beach display

• Friday, July 1 — Stamford’s Cummings Beach display

• Sunday, July 3 — Norwalk’s Calf Pasture Beach display


Each cruise departs at 7 p.m. from The Maritime Aquarium dock (outside the IMAX Theater). Return is expected by 11 p.m.

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The Maritime Aquarium\’s Spirit of the Sound has fireworks night cruises around July 4.

Food in small soft-sided coolers is allowed aboard the boat, but alcoholic beverages and glass bottles are prohibited.

Tickets are $50 per person. All participants must be at least 42 inches tall to board. Those under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

R/V Spirit of the Sound has a climate-controlled cabin but participants should dress for time outside on deck, where the best viewing occurs. There is a restroom onboard.

Capacity is limited so advance reservations are strongly suggested. Reserve your tickets online — and see the full summer schedule for public cruises aboard R/V Spirit of the Sound — at the Maritime Aquarium website or call (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206.


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Correction: The Maritime Aquarium’s original announcement was incorrect about the dates of Stamford’s and Norwalk’s fireworks. The corrected dates and days are now in the announcement (as of 5:01 p.m., Monday, June 27).

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