Milford fireworks, family fun

MILFORD – Despite being postponed due to rainy weather, the Milford fireworks went off without a hitch on Saturday evening, July 5 to the thrill of hundreds of spectators.

Keyes Field and the playing fields on North River Road were official gathering places for the best seats in the house as the colorful display was shot from the town dump on North River Road.

At the North River Road fields, the concession stand opened by 5 p.m. offering tasty treats and cool drinks. The new hit at the concession stand was fried Oreos. Families were tossing Frisbees, kicking balls around or just hanging out at the field while a pick-up baseball game for all ages was a hit.

Messer Barry waited with his camera on a tripod for the fireworks display to begin.

“I’m an amateur photographer and this is my first time doing fireworks and I’m looking forward to it,” he said. “I like the color and technique of photographing them and getting the right exposure. We have great weather tonight.”

As dusk fell, the decent size crowd settled down to watch the impressive fireworks display which lasted over 30 minutes.

The Coombs family, of Milford, started their afternoon at the family event at Keyes Field then headed to the MCAA fields.

“It was not that crowded at Keyes. I think since it was postponed a lot of people had other things scheduled. This is more of a crowd here than was at Keyes. We had a pickup baseball game for all ages. My daughter is 6-years old and played and the older kids who would pitch slowly to her and then accidently drop the ball,” said Roger Coombs.

“I liked coming down here to watch the fireworks. It has a much better view than Keyes Field. The kids like running around here,” said MCAA member Jen Mailloux.

The July Fourth tradition of the LaBour family of Milford is to have a barbecue at home then watch fireworks at night.

“I like the noise and the cool lights and the way they move,” said Jayair LaBour, age 12. I like coming together as a family and friends
and seeing the fireworks,” added Grant LaBour and his daughter Alexis, age 10, commented, “I like all the sparkly colors.”

Laura Mendal of Milford said, “I like to hang out with the community and watch the fireworks together.”