Milford Celebrates 230 Years


Staff Report

On Thursday, September 21, Downtown Milford, Inc. led the charge in celebrating Milford’s 230th birthday during their monthly Third Thursday event. In addition to downtown businesses staying open late, food trucks and local produce and craft vendors were spread across the downtown area. Hundreds of families showed up to enjoy the Third Thursday experience and sing Happy Birthday to the City of Milford.

Event organizer Peggy Reilly has been working with Downtown Milford, Inc. and the Downtown Merchants Association over the past several months to make Third Thursdays a success through collaboration. She states that Third Thursday is very important for downtown as it is part of the revitalization of Milford.

“The more we bring into Milford’s downtown, the more people will come and continue to support local businesses,” said Reilly. “I felt like I was truly a part of a community [Thursday] night. It also makes me very optimistic about the future of downtown. I hope we can keep the momentum going.”

Laurie Moorman joined her two daughters on Thursday night as dancers from Tatiana Akinfieva Dance Academy (TADA) were outside Lifecycle helping smaller girls learn to dance. “Thursday night was so much fun. There were so many people walking around Downtown Milford,” said Moorman. “There was definitely a sense of community. It was so nice to sit outside, enjoy good food and visit with friends.” Raised in Milford, Moorman said that Thursday night “was definitely a representation of what a great family our community is.”

The Sharp family brought their three boys downtown as they enjoyed an evening that saw weather similar to a cool summer night. “The atmosphere downtown was great,” said Kelly Sharp. “It’s so nice to see everyone in the community come together to celebrate Milford and all it has to offer. I think the boys’ favorite part was seeing the Buccaneer”

At the Milford Public Library, children had the chance to make party hats next to the Richard Y. Johnson Amphitheater. As the sun set behind the Mispillion River, students of Milford School District played the Happy Birthday song on their band instruments as families held candles and sang together. Mayor Bryan Shupe blew out the cake candles and event goers enjoyed maroon and gold pieces of cake that featured historic photographs of Downtown Milford.

During October, Downtown Milford, Inc. is switching it up as Third Thursday will be moved to Wednesday, October 18 to accommodate residents and visitors who will be watching the annual Community Parade. Businesses will be open from 5 to 7pm and food trucks will be available. In November, Third Thursday will return to Thursday night as businesses host a food drive for the Delaware Food Bank. In December, the 12 hours of Christmas will continue its tradition as merchants will be open for 12 hours, from 9:00am to 9:00pm, for holiday shopping.

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