New Milford to host 4th of July fireworks, Memorial Day parade this summer

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NEW MILFORD — The town plans to host its annual Memorial Day parade and 4th of July fireworks this year, Mayor Pete Bass said in an interview Wednesday.

The events, which were canceled last year due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19 are back on for 2021, with fireworks scheduled for July 3. Last year, in place of fireworks, the Water Witch Hose Company held a small parade through parts of town in 2020.

“In speaking with Lisa Morrissey, our health director, and with our vaccinations above 50 percent, we felt we could have a Memorial Day parade here,” Bass said. “Those numbers will only continue to increase so we’re excited about the opportunity to be able to provide some more normalcy.”

Bass doesn’t know how large the parade will be this year, but said he felt strongly that the town honor and remember the spirit of the holiday.

“We’re hoping to do a parade, no matter what size, to honor the men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice,” he said.

Bass also mentioned the possibility of having the town’s annual Lions Club Carnival in conjunction with the Independence Day celebrations, but doesn’t have confirmation yet. They’re hoping to finalize plans in the coming weeks.

Recently, the town’s Chamber of Commerce decided not to hold their annual Village Fair Days for a second year out of an abundance of caution and concern over the spread of COVID. The event, which has been held for over 50 years, usually draws large crowds to its two-day festivities.

As New Milford pushes forward, Danbury announced that they would not be hosting Memorial Day or 4th of July celebrations this year.

The mayor is asking residents to continue to practice social distancing and mask-wearing despite the continuation of these community events.

“Those measures have really helped,” Bass said.