Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin noted that Saturday, July 13 was the busiest Hartford has been in more than two decades. The city welcomed and entertained 65,000 people with a variety of events including the Riverfront Food Truck Festival and fireworks, Wiz Khalife at the Xfinity Theatre, Cirque Du Soleil Luzia, ConnectiCon, Hartford Athletic’s first game at Dillon Stadium, and the Hartford Yard Goats playing a home game.
“July 13 became a citywide central event here in Hartford,” notes Julio Concepción, Executive Director, Hartford Chamber of Commerce. “There was something for everyone to experience.”
More people are recognizing and celebrating the vibrancy of the city. Momentum in Hartford has been continuing to build since the success of the Party on Pratt back in March. Concepción emphasizes the importance of understanding there is always activity in the city.
“I want to make sure people understand that, while Saturday was a bit of an outlier because of the sheer number of events we had in the city, these types of events are happening not only throughout the summer, but throughout the year,” he said. “It doesn’t just end with the fireworks. This coming weekend we’ll have tens of thousands of people at Bushnell Park enjoying the Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz. Hartford Athletic is playing again on Saturday, too. These types of events are becoming the norm here in Hartford.”
Concepción also gives kudos to the city and the state for helping these types of events run safely and efficiently, noting, “It’s the things that have to happen exernally that make these events even more impressive. For example, the police department coordinating with everyone, whether it’s for traffic or public safety purposes. A lot of work had to be done and the city and state came through in a big way.”
He adds, “Another piece that can’t be overlooked is the efforts the Department of Transportation made to market CTFastrak, the Hartford Line commuter rail, and the Hartford Dash Shuttle. It was great to see people using public transportation. You could see packed buses. People could easily access public transportation and get home safely.”
MAKING THINGS HAPPEN
Helping events come to fruition is one of the joys of the work Concepción does for the city. He was thrilled to be involved with the Party on Pratt, which spurred the brewers’ idea for the Bushnell Park Beer Garden.
“That all culminated because the brewers saw a need for more outdoor activity like the Party on Pratt to happen all the time. They realized creating a beer garden in the city provided an asset to people and the city,” explains Concepción.
“That’s the beauty of being in a city that’s small enough to create and accomplish many types of events. If people have ideas for fun things that can happen throughout the city of Hartford that can benefit the residents, businesses, and visitors to our communities, I encourage them to contact me at the Chamber,” he says.
“We’re more than happy to work through any challenges to create more vibrant events in our city. They add to the momentum that’s building here, which we have to sustain. We want people to continue having a great time here in the city.”
Contact Julio Concepcion at email@example.com or 860-525-4451 ext. 282.
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