Fireworks to ring in new year in Shelton

Fireworks, such as the July 4th holiday fireworks display is held at Veterans Memorial Park in Shelton in July, will be on display in the city to ring in the new year.

Fireworks, such as the July 4th holiday fireworks display is held at Veterans Memorial Park in Shelton in July, will be on display in the city to ring in the new year.

Christian Abraham / Hearst Connecticut Media

SHELTON — The city will be ringing in the new year with a bang.

Mayor Mark Lauretti announced at the Board of Aldermen meeting Thursday that he plans for the city to host a fireworks display on New Year’s Eve beginning at 7 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park. The rain date will be New Year’s Day, same time and location.

City officials are urging residents to wear masks and remain socially distant. Lauretti said no spectators will be allowed on the lawn area at the Riverwalk. People will not be allowed on Canal Street or around the Farmer’s Market building during the fireworks.

Lauretti requested $10,000 to cover the cost of the event, which the aldermen unanimously approved.

The mayor said his goal was to offer residents an “uplifted event,” and allow everyone to start 2021 on a positive note and “get rid of 2020.”

“I feel this is a worthy and good idea,” Lauretti said.

The aldermen agreed, with board member Bernie Simons saying all residents in Shelton who have suffered through the pandemic and its negative impacts on public health and the economy deserve an uplifting event.

brian.gioiele@hearstmediact.com