REDDING, Conn. -- Redding, be prepared to "rock" out for Independence Day, all while celebrating the past and the town's "roots."
The second annual Redding Rock ’N Roots Revival Music Festival will take place Saturday, July 2, at Lonetown Farm Road, on Route 107. The rain date is July 3.
There will be multiple activities and events that run throughout the day including:
- 8:30 a.m.: The Rock and Roots 9K run — a new event
- 11:30 a.m.: Children will present a musical performance on Redding's history.
- 12:30 p.m.: Acoustic sessions, featuring performers George Brennan, Dan Bonis, Don Sparks and more.
- 4:30 p.m.: Rock 'n the Stage, featuring Andy Powell, the Bobby Paltoff Band, Yippee Coyote and more.
There will be fireworks at dusk. The fireworks both this year and last year were paid for by anonymous contributions, according to Redding Town Historian Charley Couch.
Food will be dished up throughout the day, with hot dogs, hamburgers and pulled pork among the treats.The Germantown Ancient Fife and Drum Corps will also be performing at the festival.
Admission is $15. Kids under 12 are admitted for free.
The event is hosted by the Redding Historical Society. All proceeds will benefit the society.
Redding First Selectman Julia Pemberton said the Rock N Roots Revival is the highlight of the summer in Redding, "celebrating Independence Day in a way that is uniquely Redding, on the grounds of the Redding Historical Society’s Lonetown Farm," she said.
"Last year, the first year, it was clear the organizers had a new tradition on their hands. People who missed it made sure to mark their calendars and change vacation plans this year so as not to miss it again. It’s thanks to a few very dedicated volunteers that this event is made possible," Pemberton said.
Couch, who organized the festival, said, "Last year we had between 700 to 800 people come to the festival. This year, we are expecting well over 1,000 people."
"The musical talent at the festival provides a great way for local residents to hear about new music groups," he said. "Normally, the only way to see these groups perform are in bars. This gives a much more friendly friendly venue for the performers.
"This festival is the most significant fundraiser for the Redding Historical Society," Couch said.
Before last year's festival, the last time fireworks had been open to the pubic in Redding was in 1976, Couch said.
For more information on the Redding Rock ’N Roots Revival Music Festival, call 203-788-1805.