A Celebration & Rededication of the Parade Plaza
Parade Plaza (across the street from the train station)
· Coast Guard Brass Ensemble
· Rededication of the Nathan Hale School House - Sons of the American Revolution
· Dedication of Episcopal Church Plaque - Rev. Michael Belt
· Dedication of Soldiers & Sailors Monument - with Civil War Re-enactments & musket volley with a ‘banging’ salute.
3:00 History on Parade
· Unveiling Historic Plaques
· Whaling stories by the Flock Theater
· Demonstrations with period attire, Native American drumming and Shaw Mansion, Lyman Allyn Museum, Mashantucket Pequot Museum, Custom House, Submarine Force Museum, Tantaquidgeon Indian Museum, Hempstead Houses, US Coast Guard Museum,and celebration with Nathan Hale Birthday Cake!
4:00 Live Music Performance
Traditional Sea Chanteys, Whaling Songs, and Ballads on the plaza (dancing on the plaza encouraged)!
5:00 Dinner Break
Don’t miss the opportunity to dine in downtown New London’s finest restaurants! Delicious & diverse selections, gastronomic delights, restaurant specials and more!
6:00 Entertainment on the Plaza
Music on the Plaza, surprise appearances by jugglers, fire-eaters, magicians, and other family friendly folks.
7:00 The Big Event
200 Musicians & Dancers, Rooftop Buglers, World Champion CT Hurricanes, Coast Guard Ensemble, 7th Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps, NL Firefighters Pipes & Drums, church bells and ship sirens!Firework final? Greetings Gov. Rell, Sen. Courtney, Att. Gen. Blumental, and others.
9:00 The Night Is Young
the fun continues in many downtown music spots including: Bean & Leaf, Jazz Underground, Oasis, Passion Coffee House & more!
Additional Parade Parade Events:
* Coast Guard Cutter Ridley, Search & Rescue – at Waterfront Park
* Special Exhibitions @ U.S. Custom House
New London's Front Door: The Parade - A visual history of New London's Parade, featuring the architect's model of the current Parade redesign and historical objects.
Work Vessels for Veterans - Work Vessels for Veterans assists returning veterans to begin their civilian careers. Info: 860-447-2501, Custom House Museum