Milford to discuss plans for 4th minus fireworks

Fourth of July is coming, and the Milford Recreation Commission is trying to figure out what to do, if anything, in the wake of voters’ decision to shoot down funding for fireworks.

The commission will hold a subcommittee meeting May 5 at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall banquet room to discuss Fourth of July plans.

In March, residents rejected a warrant article asking for $10,000 in tax money for a “Fourth of July type celebration,” including fireworks.

The article failed, 920-692.

Commission members decided there would be no fireworks this year unless a private entity pays the entire cost and assumes all the liability, but the commission is exploring the idea of holding a celebration of some sort and scheduled the May 5 meeting to discuss ideas.

“In this bad economy, we want to do something to take people’s mind off of things,” said commission member Rick Mossey, who will chair the subcommittee.

“If fireworks is something that makes people happy and someone’s willing to pay for it, I’ll vote yes,” he added.