Milford’s first Kick Off to Summer celebration held July 2, 2015 at Lisman Landing in downtown Milford was so popular that it will be repeated this year, slated for Friday, July 1, with a rain date of July 8.

For its kick-off year, the Kick Off to Summer event attracted an estimated 25,000 people to downtown Milford for food, music and fireworks.

With that kind of turnout, the event this year will expand into more downtown space to give attendees more standing and sitting space. Dan Worroll, chairman of the Kick Off to Summer committee, said an area used for parking last year will become event space.

There will be shuttles at this year’s event from several locations, and Worroll expects there will be more parking available downtown because the city recently purchased land near the train station to create more parking.

“The fireworks this year are going to be better than ever,” Worroll said, describing a display he said will wow spectators.

Two bands will perform — Michael Rea, performing Sinatra, Dean Martin and tunes of that era, and the Rumrunners, a very popular cover band that performs regularly in Milford and throughout the state.

There will be more food trucks this second time around, plus beverages to purchase at the event. There also will be more portable toilets than at the first event.

The added space and added facilities and other “addeds” will likely be needed. The 2015 celebration was packed, “And that was a Thursday,” Worroll said. “This is a Friday.”

The event costs about $18,000 to put together, but none of that is paid by the city, so this is not a taxpayer expense, Worroll pointed out. And of course, admission is free so there is no cost to residents.

The first Kick Off was funded by the Devon Rotary, Milford Bank and ShopRite. The committee is looking for more sponsors this year.

“It’s a great way to get your name in front of 25,000 people,” Worroll said.

The money pays for fireworks, entertainment, plus police and fire services.

Worroll and Mayor Ben Blake get the credit for coming up with the idea for a Kick Off to Summer event. According to Worroll, both saw how popular a 375th city anniversary fireworks display was, and they thought it would be a great idea to host annual fireworks. The economic development office and recreation department take part in the planning, as do officials at the Lisman Landing marina.

“We’re really looking forward to it,” Worroll said.

Anyone interested in being a sponsor can contact Worroll at dworroll@optonline.net.