Whats up Prosno... your really chomping at the bit aren't you Theres ice on the river!
Word is Harbor Park will be no more(lease not renewed by Middletown), I don't know if the new place will be power boat friendly. There are other places farther south on the river, in Essex a couple of places, The Backporch at Between the Bridges Marina and, Dock and Dine in O.S, then there's always Old Lyme a couple of minutes out side the jetty.....yea I spent my money on food, fuel and drinks last year.
I did the fireworks on the Thames last year and I only went as far as New London. I saw nothing except in downtown NL. I'm not sure about farther up the river.