FireworksJoin us on Saturday, July 18th when we transform nearly a 1-mile section of Pennsylvania Avenue/Main Street, closing the area for our premier festival by the sea, from 3 pm to 9 pm.

Our annual summer celebration will end with a spectacular fireworks display over Niantic Bay, sponsored by Dominion.

Drawing an estimated 35 thousand people from around the region, this premier street festival has something to offer for everyone. There will be special areas for children and teens, music & performance stages, cooking demonstrations by local chefs and so much more! We host an art & author walk featuring some of the area’s best creative minds. Don’t miss over 200 vendors lining Main Street, showcasing the artisans, community groups and businesses that make East Lyme want to celebrate!

Celebrate East Lyme is coordinated by the Town of East Lyme, its citizens, and the East Lyme Business Community as a way to recognize and promote the many businesses, community groups and artisans who live here, all while enjoying an old-fashioned summer festival by the sea. The event could not happen without the hard work, energy and enthusiasm of the Town’s staff.

The Parks & Recreation Department, on top of their many duties throughout the town, have organized and managed an exciting and entertaining Sand Castle Competition. East Lyme Youth Services develops a Teen Area each year that not only provides plenty of youth-oriented activities and exposure for young talent, but also engages the Town’s teens in raising money for charity with the People’s Bank Dunk Tank.

The Fire Marshal’s office and Niantic Fire Department oversee the fireworks display, and, along with the East Lyme Police, ensure our safety before, during and after the event.

The Public Works crew help with logistics throughout the event, from moving and setting up tables, chairs, and whatever else is needed, to cleaning up the street after all the celebrants are gone. We sincerely thank them all, and anyone else on the staff we may have omitted.

If you have interest in volunteering, vending or sponsoring our special summer bash by the bay, please email Mike McDowell at