Shelton\u2019s hills (and valleys) will come alive with the sound of music this summer. Kicking off the city Parks and Recreation Department\u2019s Music Under the Stars summer concert series, The Bernadettes will play familiar sounds from Motown on Wednesday, June 26, at 7 p.m. at the Huntington Green. Band members had last year\u2019s audience on their feet clapping and dancing to the upbeat Motown tunes. \u201cThis is one of the best line-ups of quality bands we\u2019ve ever had,\u201d Dave Zamba, Gazebo Committee chairman, said of this year\u2019s concert schedule. \u201cThere is something for everyone.\u201d Shelton singer performs at the fireworks Also returning for an encore performance, Mia Fanali, lead singer and founder of Mia and The Riff, will appear at the city\u2019s annual Independence Day fireworks extravaganza on Wednesday, July 3. This is the only performance that takes place in downtown Shelton\u2019s Veterans Memorial Park (Riverwalk) and not the Huntington Green. \u201cI was honored that my band and I were asked to headline the Shelton fireworks,\u201d said Fanali, a Shelton resident. \u201cI am grateful to get to work with some of the area\u2019s best musicians. We will be mixing up the sets with some funk, soul, Top 40, and a little bit of rock \u2018n\u2019 roll.\u201d Fireworks show details Parks and Recreation Director Ron Herrick Jr. said about 7,000 people attended the Shelton fireworks last year. He encourages those who would like to be near the bandstand to arrive early. \u201cPeople start putting out chairs in the early afternoon,\u201d Herrick said. The concert begins at 7 p.m.; the fireworks show will start once it is dark, or around 9:25. 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. Two towns, two fireworks \u201cDerby does their fireworks right across the river on the same night as ours,\u201d Herrick said. \u201cThey\u2019ve been with us now for about eight or nine years. They contact us every year and ask what company we\u2019re going to use and they go with the same one.\u201d Although people inevitably compare the two communities\u2019 fireworks\u2019 displays, Herrick said both cities spend the same amount of money and use the same vendor. \u201cIt\u2019s a great show,\u201d Herrick said. \u201cPeople really like it because you\u2019re getting a better bang for your buck.\u201d The rain date for the Independence Day celebration concert and fireworks is Friday, July 5. Country to swing at the Green The Huntington Green concert series resumes the following Wednesday, July 10, with The Navels. A new band to appear at the Shelton summer venue, The Navels, will play rock \u2018n\u2019 roll favorites. Live entertainment throughout the summer will also include country, big band and swing, Irish, dance and Beatles music. On Wednesday, Aug. 14, singer\/songwriter Lynn Lewis will present a special show for children at 6 p.m. Fools on the Hill, a band that plays Beatles music, is scheduled to perform at 7 that same evening. Local businesses provide support Herrick said he appreciates the financial support provided by local businesses.\u00a0\u201cRight now we have about 20 sponsors,\u201d he said. \u201cThe local businesses have been fantastic. "It certainly makes it easier for us to continue to provide these great concerts," he said. In case of rain, concerts are canceled and rescheduled for the following evening. To find out if the show is canceled, call the concert hotline at 203-331-4120. \u201cWe make a decision by 4 p.m.,\u201d Herrick said of weather cancellations.