Holiday celebrations continue with extended weekend events – NBC Connecticut
It may have been the 5the July, but Independence Day weekend was far from over. Many people were absent from work and continued to happily celebrate at events across the state.
In the streets of Barkhamsted, some people marched while others navigated. It was a traditional red, white and blue parade. With American flags fluttering, people lined the streets – some are lucky enough to come home with a special treat.
Canton’s Kyle and Tim Cronin were watching with their young son Brady, who knew exactly what his favorite role was.
“The Candy and the trucks,” Brady said.
The parade celebrated freedom, and not just America’s.
“It was the first little taste of normalcy that we have seen in quite a while. So that was good, ”said Tim Cronin.
In Hartford, a new tradition was born: “The Hartford Bonanza”. With live music in the background, people enjoyed a relaxed day at Bushnell Park. Relax, reflect and enjoy the little things.
“We can go to the ice cream truck,” said 4-year-old James Johnson.
Across town in Riverside Park, others relished the long weekend with a simple bike ride.
“It’s a great day and I’m enjoying it,” said Marvis Brown, who planned to go 20-30 miles.
Nearby, another family was lighting the grill for a vacation picnic. It was the 4th of July weekend, but for this family it looks a lot like Thanksgiving.
“It’s a real blessing to have been able to do it now. So I’m very grateful, ”said John Alverez of Hartford.
Normal was the word used repeatedly as people described what Independence Day weekend looked like this year.
People took advantage of the rainy break on Monday, spending the last day of the vacation weekend on the beach.