One of Milford’s latest and most popular events — the Kick Off to Summer — got a boost already for next year when Wines and More donated $2,000 to help make sure fireworks light up the sky in 2017.

The annual event is still in its fledgling stage: 2017 will mark the third year for the event. It is already scheduled for Saturday, July 1, with a rain date of July 8.

Organizer Dan Worroll estimated 25,000 people were at Lisman Landing or in the downtown area the first year, and more showed up in 2016, so the city plans to keep it going.

In addition to fireworks and music, Milford’s Kick Off to Summer includes food trucks.

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 Offs were funded by the Devon Rotary, Milford Bank and ShopRite, along with Edo Construction, the VFW Women’s Auxiliary, 7 Seas and Beirne Wealth. Individual residents and boaters at Lisman Landing have also made donations.

“All these donations help to put this on,” Worroll said.

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

Worroll and Mayor Ben Blake get the credit for coming up with the idea for Kick Off to Summer. 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.

“All the boat slips get rented; it’s full for the event,” Worroll said

Corey Shoop from Wines and More said the company signed on to host the beer and wine tent when the annual event got started in 2015 because they are a local business involved in the community, so Kick Off to Summer seemed like a natural event to support.

And the recent $2,000 donation will help make sure next year’s fireworks are great, Shoop said.

(For information or to donate contact Worroll at dwworroll@yahoo.com)