The City of Milford’s 375th Anniversary “Celebration Week” begins Friday, ending with a parade June 15.
“We are thrilled with how the events have come together and represent so many aspects of Miford’s past, present and future,” said Robert Gregory, Chairman of the 375th Anniversary Committee.
The Committee has focused the events on education, family, community and heritage. “There truly is something for everyone,” said Pete Smith, vice chairman of the 375th Committee. From Diversity Day and Senior Citizen Day, to food and live music we have many unique ways to celebrate Milford.”
The committee is made up of volunteers from Milford’s businesses, churches and schools, as well as the historical society.
Celebration Week begins on June 6 with the mayors’ kick off featuring Uconn’s Funky Dawgz Brass Band on the steps of City Hall at 6 p.m. and concludes with a Grand Parade on June 15 at 2 p.m. Further details may be found at milfordct375.org.
Friday, June 6
Kick off Celebration Week with Mayor Ben Blake and UCONN’s Funky Dawgz Brass Band on the steps of City Hall at 6 p.m., then follow the band “pied piper” style to Stonebridge Restaurant to listen to music.
Attend “Stories and Lore,” presented and performed at the Milford Public Library, featuring former state troubadour Tom Callinan, telling adapted Milford stories through singing and verse from 7 to 9 p.m.
Saturday, June 7
Stroll the Green for the annual Mary Taylor Methodist Church Fair from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Hike Mondo Ponds starting at 10 a.m. or the Solomon Property starting at 1 p.m.
Dance under the stars with the Rum Runners at Fowler Pavilion starting at 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 8
The 10th Annual Cap’n Kidd Treasure Hunt Pirates Day hits downtown Milford from noon to 5 p.m.
The Ride for Hope motorcycle ride leaves the YMCA at 11 a.m.
The Milford Volunteer Fire Department will have its annual Memorial Service and Muster on the green from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Monday, June 9
Westfield Mall will host a “Salute to Business.” Milford businesses are invited to participate with items made in Milford on display from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Tuesday, June 10
Celebrate diversity with the Milford Literacy Center featuring food and music from around the world at Fowler Field from 4 to 8 p.m.
Wednesday, June 11
Visit the Milford Public Library for Local Author Day and Writers Slam. Various local authors will be available for a signing, leading into an evening of storytelling by unpublished writers.
Dance to the oldies with Michael Rea at Walnut Beach Pavilion from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 12
Former mayors and Mayor Ben Blake will speak with Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts about Milford’s past, present and future, followed by a tour of city departments starting at 9 a.m. in City Hall.
People can grab a blanket and settle in on the sand at Gulf Beach to watch the Milford Yacht Club Thursday Night Races starting at 6:30 p.m.
Friday, June 13
Senior Center music and flag ceremony at 1:30 p.m.
Jam to music by Flashback at the Fowler Pavilion beginning at 7 p.m.
“To Gillian, On Her 37th Birthday,” an Eastbound Theater production, will be performed at 8 p.m. at the Milford Arts Council .
Saturday, June 14
A day filled with historic home tours, Milford Arts Council Plein Air painting at various sites, slide and bounce for the kids, and the Milford Concert Band will perform on the green at 2 p.m.
Head to Lisman’s Landing at 3 p.m. to hear the music of the Sapphire Band followed by Dr B and the Brotherhood at 6:30 p.m. There will be food trucks including The Local Meatball, Melt Mobile, BRYAC Shuck Truck and LobsterCraft, and a sampling of local craft beer and wine.
Fireworks display starts at 9:30 p.m. at Lisman Landing.
The Milford Elks Lodge will host the Peace and Love Bands Block Party starting at 6 p.m.
Sunday, June 15
The Grand Parade takes place downtown as the celebration finale at 2 p.m. with floats, music and more. The parade route runs from the Parsons parking lot onto West Main to West River Street, to River Street, to Broad Street