Fireworks are tonight (Wednesday) in Shelton
Shelton’s Independence Day fireworks display will be Wednesday, July 3 at dusk at Veterans Memorial Park (the Riverwalk).
A pre-fireworks concert at 7 p.m. will feature Mia and the Riff, with singer Mia Fanali of Shelton. “We will be mixing up the sets with some funk, soul, Top 40, and a little bit of rock ‘n’ roll,” Fanali said.
If bad weather, people should call the Parks & Rec event info line at 203-331-4120 on Wednesday afternoon. Rain date for the fireworks and concert are July 5.
An estimated 7,000 people attended the Shelton fireworks last year, and anyone who would like to be near the bandstand should arrive early.
Done shows for NFL and Olympics Committee
Bay Fireworks, the company responsible for the pyrotechnics show, has worked for the National Football League, Major League Baseball, U.S. Olympic Committee and Barnum Festival.
The fireworks display should begin about 9:15 p.m. at the downtown Shelton park. The Shelton fireworks are coordinated with the city of Derby fireworks across the Housatonic River.
Police Chief Joel Hurliman said up to a dozen Shelton police officers will be on duty to handle crowd and traffic control. “There’s always a concern when there are a lot of people in an area,” Hurliman said.
Road closing to traffic
Due to the fireworks display, a section of Howe Avenue will be closed beginning about an hour-and-a-half before the pyrotechnics display begins.
Police officials said Howe Avenue from Wharf Street (next to the Route 8 overpass) to Center Street will be closed to regular traffic starting at 7:30 p.m. A detour to get around that part of downtown will be established.
People should try to find legal parking spaces in public lots and along streets, where appropriate.
Handicapped parking will be available in the municipal parking lot at Cornell and Canal streets, next to the Shelton Farmers Market.
Personal fireworks cause injuries
Hurliman recommended that people avoid using personal fireworks, even those legally sold in Connecticut, during the Fourth of July holiday season.
“For adults and children alike, using fireworks yourself is not recommended,” he said. “There are way too many injuries — even with sparklers.”
Hurliman also noted the July Fourth holiday represents a difficult anniversary for the Shelton Police Department. During the holiday break in 2010, Shelton police Sgt. Orville Smith was killed by an intoxicated driver while he was working traffic duty on Route 110 for a private fireworks event.
Smith was married and a Marine veteran who had served two tours in Vietnam, said Hurliman.