Fairfield’s 375th birthday!



WHAT:  The Town of Fairfield is celebrating its 375th Anniversary this year—at the same time that Sacred Heart University is celebrating its 50th. To commemorate Fairfield’s rich history, Professor Jennifer McLaughlin will give a presentation called “A Call to Arms: War and Commemoration in Fairfield from the Pequot War to the Memorial Day Parade.” The presentation will focus on the way in which Fairfield has been shaped by American Warfare, beginning with the Pequot war, to the founding, to present day. 


WHO:  McLaughlin is an instructor of American History in the Department of History at SHU. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Fordham University and a master’s from The College of William and Mary. She is a member of the American Historical Association and Phi Alpha Theta.


WHERE:  Schine Auditorium, Sacred Heart University, 5151 Park Avenue, Fairfield


WHEN:  Monday, April 28, at 7 p.m.


SPONSOR:  The Department of History. This is a Sacred Heart University 50th Anniversary event.  


TICKETS:  This event is free and open to the public.


PRESS:  Media coverage is welcomed.  Please contact Funda Alp at 203-396-8241 or alpf@sacredheart.edu for further information.


Welcome to a year-long celebration of the founding of Fairfield

Our 375th year is a great time to renew your sense of community and enjoy all that Fairfield has to offer.



This year marks the 375th anniversary of the founding of Fairfield, and to celebrate, the community has joined together with renewed interest in our unique heritage. 


The permanent settlement of Fairfield began in 1639 when four ‘squares’ of land defined its center and nine households comprised its population.  Today, Fairfield’s area spans over 30 square miles, claims eight miles of shoreline, boasts several thriving shopping areas and is home to nearly 60,000 residents.  Local history lovers can read about this fascinating transformation, as well as Fairfield’s role in the early history of our nation, by visiting the Fairfield’s History page.

The Fairfield 375th Anniversary Committee has created a collection of exciting events and programs that commemorate our town’s rich history and celebrate this historic milestone. Take in special exhibits, lectures and workshops. Attend concerts, picnics and art shows.  Browse through the Events page and you’ll find something for everyone, planned nearly every week of the year. 


 Mark your calendar to attend two events of special interest: Participate in the Town-Wide Food Drive that culminates in April, benefitting Operation Hope, Project From The Heart, Merton House and Bridgeport Rescue Mission.  In November, attend the signature event, the Grand Gala, where together we will toast our exceptional town.

With overflowing pride in our community, we invite you to explore this website, rediscover the story of Fairfield and come celebrate!




Betsy Browne,  Bob Hojnacki


Fairfield 375th Anniversary Committee