Quinnipiac sponsors Hamden's Independence Day fireworks

May 30, 2023

Stock photo of fireworks in a dark sky

Quinnipiac’s continued commitment to partner with the Hamden community will be on display on June 30 when a generous Quinnipiac donation lights the fuse of Hamden’s first Independence Day celebration and fireworks display since 2019.

The university is proudly sponsoring the return of the annual community event after a four-year hiatus due to the pandemic. The fireworks show is expected to begin at 9:20 p.m. Food trucks will be available beginning around 6 p.m.

Mayor Lauren Garrett said Hamden’s annual fireworks display, launched from Town Center Park, is known to be one of the best shows in the state. Garrett said the community is excited about the return of the celebration, which is anticipated to bring the largest crowd of the year to the park.

“People really want to get out there and celebrate life, celebrate community and family and friends," said Garrett. "We’re really happy that Quinnipiac is helping to make that happen. I want to thank Quinnipiac for its generosity in helping bring this back into our summer planning. I really appreciate the commitment and the friendship."

In 2019, an estimated 20,000 viewers turned their eyes to the skies to enjoy Hamden’s professional pyrotechnics show. This year’s event will feature live music provided by the Hamden Symphony Orchestra. Pyrotecnico Fireworks, Inc. of Newcastle, Pennsylvania, will launch the show.

With Quinnipiac as the event sponsor, the Town of Hamden’s 2023 Independence Day celebration and fireworks display is presented by the Hamden Department of Arts, Culture, Recreation and Wellness. The celebration and display are held in cooperation with the Hamden Parks Department, Hamden Public Works, Hamden Community Emergency Response Team, Hamden Fire Department, Hamden Police Department and the Office of the Mayor.

“We are delighted to sponsor the return of this long-standing joyous tradition and we are proud of the strong community partnership that exists between the university and the Town of Hamden,” said Quinnipiac President Judy Olian.

Garrett thanked Olian for her continued focus on helping foster bonds between the university and the Town of Hamden.

“I think that Quinnipiac and the Town of Hamden have been really great partners the last couple of years, and this goes to show that we’re engaged in cultivating that friendship and really focused on fostering community,” said Garrett.

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