A variety of activities will provide hours of entertainment for our residents and visitors alike. The celebration will end with some of the area’s best fireworks, in a display over Niantic Bay designed and executed by East Lyme’s own Tom Quinn and sponsored by Dominion.

Sand Castle Competition

Our popular Sand Castle Competition is back and promises to be more fun than ever before! Taking place at Hole in the Wall Beach, this is a great event for children and families, and is hosted by East Lyme’s Parks & Recreation Department. To participate, please contact Dave Putnam directly via email, dputnam@eltownhall.com to sign-up.

Children’s Area

Stop by our fabulous Children’s Area! Complete with a Moon Bounce, hands-on activities, face painting, caricatures and so much more!
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Teen Area

The Teen Area will be hosted by East Lyme Youth Services, and will include a Dunking Booth sponsored by People’s Bank. Stop by Lighthouse Vocational Education at 5:00pm and find our First Selectman, Mark Nickerson keeping it cool for charity in the dunk tank! You cannot miss the chance to dunk him for a great local cause!

Diamond Dig at the Care & Share Booth

Sponsored by Northern Light Gems. There is a 1/4 carat diamond up for grabs! Anyone can come to the Care & Share booth and dig for a diamond. Northern Light Gems of New London & Niantic will be on hand to grade & inspect the stone you find to see if the real 1/4 carat diamond valued at over $500.00 is yours!!

Knockerball at McCook’s

This year, the ELHS Football Booster club is hosting knockerball in McCook Point Park as a new event. Participants are partially immersed in an inflatable bubble and compete against one another in this fun and silly game. Knockerball has the intensity of a rough contact sport that is negated by the cushion of the air filled ball. Come try this new and interesting activity from 4-8 PM at McCook’s upper park. It is suggested that participants are over 5 ft tall.

St. John’s Carnival

St. John’s Episcopal Church will be holding its Annual Summer Carnival at 400 Main Street (across from the Children’s Museum) during Celebrate East Lyme! There will be new rides, food and midway fun for the whole family. For more information visit www.stjohnsniantic.org or call 739-2324.

Amber Alert Sign-up

The Niantic Rotary will sponsor an Amber Alert sign-up at the East Lyme Police Station during Celebrate East Lyme. This is a great time to take steps to safeguard your children.

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We will have several stages throughout Main Street including the Town Green, Pro Tek Auto, Police Station and McCooks. The Town Green will be the site of the East Lyme Youth Services Battle of the Bands. As you move down Main Street, stop by the Police Station Stage, sponsored by Jamkat Entertainment! They have assembled an awesome collection of music that you don’t want to miss and some BiG screen surprises!

Pro Tek Auto is rockin the house with their ever popular music stage which promises to be better than ever! McCooks Stage opens up at 7:30pm and will feature awesome local musicians.

Fireworks

Enjoy the sights and sounds as our local musicians light up our stage right before local Tom Quinn lights up Niantic Bay with a spectacular fireworks display! Sponsored by Dominion, our fireworks bash on the bay is back with a most spectacular show! It is a wonderful ending to our annual sensational summer celebration by the sea!

Don’t miss this year’s Celebrate East Lyme! Stay and Play all Day in Downtown Niantic!