Fireworks and parade highlight 375th anniversary events

The City of Milford’s 375th Anniversary “Celebration Week” continues this week, ending with a parade June 15.

The celebration week officially started this past Friday, with UConn’s Funky Dawgz Brass Band performing on the steps of City Hall. About 400 people attended the show, and many then followed the band “pied piper” style to Stonebridge Restaurant to listen to music.

There’s more to come, including a grand parade and fireworks.

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 may 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.

Friday, June 13

• Senior Center music and flag ceremony at 1:30 p.m. at the Milford Senior Center. All are welcome.

• 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.

• Head to Lisman’s Landing at 3 to hear the music of the Sapphire Band followed by Dr B and the Brotherhood at 6:30. 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.

• There will be a fireworks display starting at 9:30 at Lisman Landing.

• The Milford Elks Lodge will host the Peace and Love Bands Block Party starting at 6 p.m. The concert, featuring the Vybrations, the Navels, the Elwoods and Toigo Band, is free and will be held in the lodge parking lot. Donations will be accepted for the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. Food and beverages will be available for purchase, and include hot dogs, hamburgers, french fries, beer, soda etc. There will be a great view of the fireworks.

Sunday, June 15

• The Grand Parade takes place downtown as the celebration finale. It starts at 2 and will include 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.