On July 5, the Fairfield Museum and History Center is rolling out the red carpet in co-operation with the Fairfield Chamber and the Fairfield Theatre Company in presenting the inaugural Fairfield Family Fun Fest. This patriotic picnic celebrates Fairfield’s 375 years of history! The one day festival will feature live musical entertainment, great food from Fairfield’s popular restaurants, a Beer Garden centered around the Sun Tavern and even a pop up market and artisan fair. Kids will be entertained with games and activities. There will also be a revolutionary war encampment with historical re-enactors.
The Family Fun Fest takes place from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. There is limited parking on the site. Free parking is available at Sherman Elementary School, 250 Fern Street and at the First Congregational Church on Beach Street.
On July 7, 1779, approximately 2,500 British soldiers of His Majesties Crown Forces marched into Fairfield. The town’s people awoke to a warning shot from the fort at Black Rock, signaling that a British fleet was spotted off the coast. For two days, Fairfield was under British attack with troops burning virtually all of its buildings. This attack was one of three, which also included the cities of New Haven and Norwalk.
Once again, the Fairfield History Museum is offering a walking tour — The Burning of Fairfield which brings to life this exciting piece of Fairfield’s history. This exciting tour will include stops at various homes on or adjacent to the Historic Town Green with actors in period costume portraying prominent citizens.
Tour times are 12 noon, 12:30 p.m., 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. For more information and reservations www.fairfieldhistory.org