Celebrating Independence Day in Mystic, Connecticut

Looking for a fun getaway for this Fourth of July? Mystic, Connecticut, offers a combination of historical fun and modern delights that will make the getaway extra special. Here's a great three-day agenda for where to go and where to stay for a weekend trip surrounding Independence Day.


July 3 – Mystic Aquarium

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Begin your Mystic getaway with  a fun day at Mystic Aquarium where the kids can get up close and personal with stingrays, watch a sea lions show, and even see sharks being fed. The habitats, sea life, and shows offer so much fun for families. Of course, for a more intimate experience—and for an additional fee—you can also take part in one of several “encounters” programs with penguins, beluga whales, and more.

And for a delicious dinner, head to nearby Noank to Abbott’s Lobster, a renowned spot for delicious seafood.

July 4 – Mystic Seaport


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Mystic Seaport is the place to be on Independence Day. From 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., you can step into the past with their annual 19th Century celebration. From crafts for kids to a picnic on the Village Green to a concert by the Mystic Silver Cornet Band, there’s so much to do all day long. Admit it: you totally want to party like it’s 1876.

July 5 – Olde Mistick Village

Head to Olde Mistick Village in Mystic to check out the Mystic Carvers Club Show. Master woodcarvers display and sell their intricate carvings from 9:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. in the Apple Orchard. (If it rains, this is postponed until July 6.) While you are there, take a peek around the village to see the unique setting filled with flowers, duck ponds, and a waterwheel. And drop into the shops for a fun array of handcrafted items and modern gifts. Hungry? Ten Clams is an affordable stop for a decent, tasty lunch. All menu items are $10 or less—and their buttery Connecticut lobster roll is worth a try. But if you really love fish, head to the nearby Go Fish, also located at Olde Mistick Village, for their extensive offering. You won’t find a Connecticut-style lobster roll here (theirs is in the Maine style—a pity), but there are a number of other delicious options on the menu.

Where to Stay

Booking a family-friendly hotel in close proximity to Mystic is essential. The Hampton Hotels Mystic, a 92-room hotel, is perfect for celebrating Independence Day in Mystic. It's located walking distance from many of the town's attractions, so getting everywhere is easy. Plus, the hotel has so many great perks for families. Each location serves daily free, hot breakfast to guests and all U.S. locations offer On the Run breakfast bags Monday through Friday. Need a hot beverage fix? There’s free coffee and tea in the lobby. And for travelers who like to stay connected, there’s free WiFi too. There’s also an indoor heated salt-water pool—and what family can say no to a pool?

This post was sponsored by Hampton Hotels