THE SOUNDS OF SUMMER
Enjoy music from the U.S Coast Guard Dixieland Jazz Band Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Mystic River Park, 28 Cottrell St., when the band performs at the 23rd annual Summer Sounds concert series. The concert is free. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets.
Stop by the Hoxie Gallery Wednesday between 5 to 7:45 p.m. for the opening of Universal Fountainsan exhibit of paintings by Katia Jirankova Levanti called “Universal Fountains.” For more information, visit westerlylibrary.org.
HEART OF BARKNESS
Meet author Spencer Quinn on Wednesday and help support Stand Up for Animals at an an author talk and book signing with for his new Chet & Bernie novel “Heart of Barkness.” Savoy will donate 30% of book sales from the event to Stand Up for Animals. For more information, visit banksquarebooks.com or call 401-213-3901.
INDEPENDENCE DAY IN THE BOROUGH
Celebrate the birth of our country Thursday at Stonington’s July Fourth Parade which will kick off from Wadwanuck Square at 10 a.m. in Wadwanuck Square, and meander along the streets of the borough. The parade will be followed by a reading of the Declaration of Independence, an ice cream social and a free concert.
CELEBRATE THE FOURTH IN MYSTIC
Be part of Mystic Seaport’s Independence Day Celebration Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event, at 75 Greenmanville Ave., features boat races, military exercises, an old-fashioned spelling bee for children, picnic at noon and a parade at 1 p.m. An 1876 Independence Day ceremony followed by a concert featuring the Mystic Silver Cornet Band will be held on the Village Green. For more information, visit mysticseaport.org.
See what’s in the water on the big screen at the Misquamicut Business Association Drive-In-Movies screening of “Jaws” this Thursday, Friday or Saturday beginning at 9 p.m. each night at the Wuskenau Town Beach Pondside Lot, 316 Atlantic Ave. in Misquamicut. Tickets are $15 per carload. For more information and schedule, visit misquamicut.org.
FOR ARTS SAKE
See the works of Helen Roy and Anna Shaw Friday at an opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Artists’ Cooperative Gallery of Westerly’s July exhibit, “Passing Through.” The exhibit will run from July 3-28. The gallery, located at 14 Railroad Ave. in Westerly, is open Wednesday through Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Sundays, from 1 to 5 p.m. Visit westerly arts.com or call 401-596-2221 for more information.
Enjoy a charming, family-friendly carnival event with a New England-inspired lobster boil and clambake including games, s’mores, live music and fountain fireworks Thursday at the Weekapaug Inn’s Independence Day Family Day Carnival and Fireworks show. Tickets are $125 for adults and $65 for children. Visit oceanhouseevents.com for more information or call 401-637-7600.
Dance on the beach Friday night, from 7 to 10 p.m. and enjoy cocktails, lobster, music and fireworks at the annual Ocean House Independence Day Beach Ball. Tickets are $165 for adults, $135 for ages 5 to 20, and $65 for the Sandcastles program for ages 11 and under. Free for children 4 and under. For more information, visit oceanhouseevents.com.
Events are subject to change, so double-check before heading out. For more events/updates/changes, call the individual organization or visit www.thewesterlysun.com/events.
— Nancy Burns-Fusaro