Shelton hosts fireworks Friday

SHELTON — The fireworks show — postponed twice due to weather conditions in July — will be blasting off Friday.

The Derby-Shelton fireworks will be held at the Riverwalk on Canal Street. The event begins with a concert at 7 p.m. and fireworks will follow at 9 p.m. The rain date is Saturday.

Mayor Mark Lauretti said the event is a holdover from the Fourth of July and holding it is another step back to normalcy during the pandemicm which has engulfed the country since early 2020.

With the event outdoors, no masks are necessary. For indoor activities, Lauretti has not — and does not plan to as of yet — institute a mask mandate, an action which many communities in the state have already done.

“For me, the hospitalizations and death rate drive that decision, and those numbers are not nearly what they were at the height of the pandemic,” Lauretti said.

As far as the local businesses — many of which could be visited Friday during the event — Lauretti said business owners are “smart enough to figure out what they need to do. I am not involved in that.”

brian.gioiele@hearstmediact.com