In Connecticut, the law prohibits the disposal of used razor blades. So it’s a puzzle how they dispose of their old ones unless they go into recycling. Connecticut law also states that a pickle can only be officially called a pickle if it bounces. So do you think they also have an official pickle bouncer?
Although Connecticut has some strange laws, many fun things also started in Connecticut. It’s home to the first lollipop machine, first hamburger, first nuclear-powered submarine, first telephone book, first Polaroid camera, first helicopter, and first colored TV. It was also the very first state to issue a speed limit on automobiles (12 MPH) in 1901 and the first to issue permanent license plates to cars in 1937.
The State of Connecticut is named after the Connecticut River which is a major river in the state. It’s given the nickname The Constitution State because of its role during the federal constitutional convention of 1787. But the state has also earned unofficial nicknames such as the Provisions State, The Land of Steady Habits, and the most popular, The Nutmeg State.
Sailors during the 18th to 19th centuries used to bring nutmeg seed on their long journeys and quickly became peddlers of this valuable seed. This is how the state earned their unofficial nickname The Nutmeg State.
But you’ll get to know more about the State of Connecticut and its locals by the celebrations and festivals they observe in their region. Their official state holiday’s include:
- New Year’s Day – January 1st
- Martin Luther King’s Day – Third Monday of January
- Lincoln’s Birthday – February 12th
- Washington’s Birthday – February 16th
- Good Friday – Month of April (not fixed)
- Memorial Day – Last Monday of May
- Independence Day – July 4th but celebrated July 3rd
- Labor Day – First Monday of September
- Columbus Day – Second Monday of October
- Veteran’s Day – November 11th
- Thanksgiving Day – Last Thursday of November
- Christmas Day –December 25th
Other festivals that draw out locals to the streets to enjoy food, music, some live entertainment, booths, and other crafts include:
- Milford Oyster Festival
A family-oriented event held every 3rd Saturday of August. This has been an ongoing tradition
for 34 years. It attracts both local and tourists from across the globe who want to take part in
various activities connecting Connecticut to its seafaring past.
- Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz
More than 50,000 jazz fanatics gather for a 3 day of the jazz festival. International and local
musicians get on stage and entice eager jazz-fans. The festival is held in mid-July and is one of
the fastest growing events in Hartford.
- Durham Fair
An estimated 200,000 people attend this fair every last weekend of September. The fair started
in 1916 and features agricultural programs, exhibits, country music, and food.
- Parade Spectacular
The event showcases giant helium-filled balloons, award-winning marching bands, dozens of
clowns, live performers, magicians and a special participation of Santa Claus himself, it’s always
a hit during mid-November.
- Antique Vehicle Show
For the last 15 years, the event has been exhibiting more than 100 vintage cars and the number
is growing. And it’s not just cars, but sea vessels too. The two-day event presents marine art
exhibitions, haunted sea vessels, and pre-1930 cars, trucks, and motorbikes.
If you want to get into the mood of these celebrations, get your flag and display it for everyone to see. Flying your flag means you’re a proud citizen of this state and of this country. Some neighborhoods even make it a tradition to fly flags on the street to let everyone know that they are united and in a celebratory mood.
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