Hundreds expected for Easton’s 175th anniversary party
EASTON — Several hundred people are expected to gather Saturday to celebrate the town’s 175th anniversary.
The townwide party kicks off at 1 p.m. outside the Ashlar-Aspetuck Masonic Lodge No. 142. Local bands, The Brotherhood and Hitch & Giddyup, are scheduled to perform throughout the day.
Various food trucks will be available and residents can bring blankets and chairs.
Tickets can be purchased online and will be scanned at the 200 Center Road entrance. Masks will be required and designated spaces will be 6 feet apart, according to Masonic lodge event coordinator Steven Tramposch.
The event was originally planned pre-COVID, but organizers adjusted the venue to ensure safety protocols, including enough social distance, are followed.
“I’m excited people can get together and have an experience like this in our town, and to raise money for what we do and give back to the community,” Tramposch said.
The event will culminate with a fireworks show at Samuel Staples Elementary School. Gates to the event will open at 7:45 p.m.
The fireworks show is a celebration coupled with a fundraiser for the town’s volunteer EMS department. Tickets cost $40 and are available online.
Easton EMS Chief Jon Arnold encouraged residents to purchase tickets online in advance. However, tickets will be available for purchase with exact change at the event gate.
The event will be open to a maximum of 500 people, according to the state’s COVID-19 guidelines.
The fireworks will be a drive-in where people can park and observe the show from the car. People are allowed to stand next to their cars during the fireworks, but walking over to others and mingling is prohibited and residents are encouraged to bring their own food.
“To maintain social distancing, everyone will remain in their car, we are not selling food. In better times, we would definitely be doing all that, we would have had food trucks and a lot of other stuff. But unfortunately, this year we just can’t do it,” Arnold said.
“We’re glad to provide these fireworks in a safe family atmosphere and we’re just excited about it. We’re hoping we can raise a few bucks for our cause and get the community to come out and support us. It’s been a rough nine months and I think we just need a reason to get out and have a good time.”