Waterbury Celebrates Independence Day Weekend

Tens of thousands of people descended into Waterbury for their fireworks extravaganza Sunday.

To kick off the celebration the city hosted twenty food trucks at the Brass Mill Center Mall. The food truck festival also included games, face painting, and characters for the children.

“This is the greatest thing for Waterbury. This is what we need. Positive stuff," said Waterbury Resident Nick Coscia.

From Italian to barbeque, Mexican to Middle Eastern, this year’s food truck festival took diners’ taste buds on a world tour, by land and by sea.

“I ordered falafel," said Alexandria Hall of Waterbury.

“I had a chicken empanada and a chicken balsamic panini," added Joquan Kinsey, also of Waterbury.

With so many options, it was hard to choose.

“Maybe I’ll just stay here all day," joked Francine Bakre, of Waterbury.

Taco Taquila’s goal was to sell a thousand tacos.

“Before we started opening there was already a line waiting for the product," said owner Luis Vellejo.

The cherry on top of an already delicious day were the family activities.

“We knew the princesses would be here, and the food, and later we’ll watch the fireworks. So, it’s a really nice time," said Lorissa Brooks of Naugatuck.

“I think it’s great. It’s so nice. Everyone’s out here having a great time," Hall added.

The symphony orchester put on a performance at Hamilton Park at 8 p.m. and fireworks will shoot off from Holy Land at 9:15 p.m.

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