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Annual Great American Boom set to shoot off in New Britain

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The Hardware City's annual Fourth of July extravaganza kicked off Monday night.

The 24th Annual Great American Boom at Stanley Quarter Park started at 5 p.m. with its fireworks display shooting off around 9:15 p.m., according to city officials

The event features food vendors, a 6 p.m. concert by Latanya Farrell and the Bookman Styles Band and wraps up with the fireworks show.

"I've been coming to this fireworks since I was like little five years old," Katie Tapia said. 

There will also be a number of attractions such as giant trampolines, carnival games, a photo booth, interactive inflatables, pony rides, micro derby races, a caricature artist, face painters and other things.

Like other communities, the annual fireworks show was nearly grounded this year due to a lack of funding.

"That's amazing because this is part of New Britain it's a tradition every year," Tapia said. "And without it, it would be very awkward and weird."

Natasha Napoleon and her family are enjoying a little BBQ before the fireworks show. Napoleon said she is glad it will continue at for at least for another year thanks to some generous donors, who stepped up to foot the $25,000 cost for the show. 

"Yeah, Definitely, especially because we are always here, every year," Napoleon said. "We know Hartford is done. We didn't know about this one."

The cost is $5 for a wristband. A family four pack is also available for $15 which allows unlimited access to all attractions from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

"It's our premiere event at Stanley Quarter where over 30,000 come to watch an awesome fireworks display and honor the greatest nation on this earth," said Mayor Erin Stewart.

Visitors can park at nearby Central Connecticut State University.

To see the full list of fireworks displays in Connecticut, click here. 

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