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     SAILFEST is Southeastern Connecticut's premiere summertime event attracting over 300,000 people over the three-day festival. Complete with a major fireworks display, amusement rides, free entertainment, Tall Ships, and food lining downtown streets. Go to our festival page for info on Sailfest.

      The Downtown New London Association is committed to promoting The Downtown New London area through quality special events and activities that showcase the culture and heritage of the Southeastern Connecticut region. Sailfest is the major event the DNLA produces. Check our events page for events we produce throughout the year to contribute to the economic well-being of Downtown and the City as a whole

     Celebrating our 31st year the Downtown New London Association welcomes you to our historical waterfront city.
The 2008 SAILFEST produced four stages of FREE entertainment from Rock, Celtic, Hip Hop,  blues. Kids enjoyed the FREE shows and entertainment on the City Pier Stage. Tall ships will be boarded and some took and toured, SAILFEST has amusement rides and over one hundred foods, Art Bizaar and festival vendors lining the Downtown Streets.

      Don't forget the largest fireworks display in the Northeast, sponsored by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation.

     The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation will be launching their fireworks on Saturday, July 12th starting at 9:25pm




Bank and South Water streets CLOSED all day Saturday and Sunday to vehicle traffic. As well as State Street between Eugene O’Neil Dr. & Bank ST. CLOSED from 7am Friday to7pm Sunday. State St from Eugene O’ Neil Dr. & Huntington St. closed from Friday 4pm to Sunday 7pm DNLA APOLOGIZES for any inconveniences this may cause.

Hot Rod Cafe in conjunction with Coors Light and Sailfest present the 3rd annual "Best Wings in Town" eating contest taking place at Sailfest 2008. Think you got what it takes? Will the rest fall? Stop in Hot Rod Cafe for qualifying details and sign up information. 

Hot Rod Cafe - (860) 447-2320
The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and Foxwoods Resort Casino are again proud to bring its annual Fireworks Extravaganza to this year’s 30th annual Sailfest. The Fireworks Extravaganza is an integral part of the annual Sailfest celebration. The Tribal Nation takes great pleasure in bringing this magnificent event to the many surrounding communities that make up Southern Connecticut. With over 22,000+ shells lighting up the nighttime sky over the Thames River, this year’s Extravaganza promises to be the best ever, so why not enjoy it from the best seat in the house while enjoying a wonderful lobster dinner with your very own private bathrooms and beer tent!
Fireworks brought to you by:
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Thames Shipyard & Repair Co.

Thames Shipyard is proud to be a sponsor of the Mashantucket Pequot Fireworks from their beginning, providing the barges all towing services, and the loading facilities for the fireworks.

Thames Shipyard and Repair Company, the largest ship repair facility between Boston and New York, has been serving the marine industry for over 100 years. Thames Shipyard offers dry docking services, dock repair and construction, tug service, dredging and lightering, along with engine repairs, steel and aluminum welding and fabrication, and full machining capabilities.

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