Millsboro’s June 30 Stars & Stripes celebration kicks off area’s fireworks shows

The town of Millsboro cast its support to the Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce’s Stars & Stripes fireworks celebration June 30 with a $10,000 donation. Pictured at the May 10 check presentation: front row from left, Bonnie Hall (Secretary of the Board), David Lomas (Vice President of the Board), Millsboro Mayor John Thoroughgood and Millsboro Town Manager Sheldon Hudson. Back row from left: Brandon Martin (Board Director), Justin Ward (Board Director), John Hough (Board Director), Jill McEwen (Board Director).

MILLSBORO – Millsboro nestled in the heart of Sussex County will get the patriotic blood pumping with the Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce’s 2018 Stars & Stripes – a huge fireworks celebration Saturday, June 30.

Cupola Park returns as the staging venue for the pre-pyrotechnic festivities and one of the prime vantage points for viewing the fireworks show that will be set off from pontoon-type barges on Millsboro Pond, just north of the John J. Williams Highway Bridge.

Millsboro’s show will be the first fireworks celebration in the area saluting America’s independence over the Fourth of July holiday period.

“We’re the first. We’re kicking it off,” said Kevin Turner, Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce president. “And as far as I know we are still the only town on U.S. 113 doing it.”

Last year’s inaugural Stars & Stripes event was hailed a huge success. Despite some threatening stormy weather that never materialized, the event drew upward of 1,500 attendees to Cupola Park as well as rave reviews from spectators near and far on the fireworks display.

Aaron Jackson/Brothers Pyro of Bridgeville are back as the professionals who will set off the pyrotechnics.

The June 30 celebration kicks off at 6 p.m. Fireworks will begin shortly after dusk. DJ Messy Marv will provide patriotic music during the fireworks.

Activities at Cupola Park include music entertainment by DJ Messy Marv, assorted food vendors, and face painting provided by the New Dimensions Family Ministries of Millsboro.

Vendor food for purchase includes barbecue, ice cream/ice water and most likely pizza, hot dogs, soft pretzels and Italian sausage.

In addition, local business vendors have the opportunity sell their products or distribute promotional materials for their business.

“With the incoming business vendors, we are hoping to bring more people down there and have them stay for a little while longer,” said Mr. Turner.

Applications for food and business vendors can be obtained by emailing the Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce at: info@millsborochamer.com.

Millsboro chamber’s $30,000 goal to cover the show received a $10,000 kickstart from the Town of Millsboro. Millsboro Mayor John Thoroughgood and Millsboro Town Manager Sheldon Hudson presented the check at the chamber’s May 10 board meeting.

“The town sponsorship is like our anchor,” said Mr. Turner. “This is for the community. We said last year, ‘this is to put the unity in community.’”

Commemorative t-shirts and a mega-50/50 raffle support the Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce’s Stars & Stripes fireworks celebration set for Saturday, June 30.

Monetary sponsors include Mountaire Farms, Chuck Hall State Farm Insurance, Sussex County Council, Peninsula Dental, Dagsboro Paint & Wallpaper, Suburban Propane, Weis Markets, Fulton Bank, the Bank of Delmarva and the Farmers Bank of Willards, plus commitments from other potential sponsors.

Southern Delaware Tourism is on board as a technical sponsor, and the Sussex Post is an in-kind sponsor.

Millsboro chamber fundraising includes the sale of commemorative Stars & Stripes t-shirts, at $20 apiece. “All proceeds go toward funding of the event,” Mr. Turner said.

There also is an ongoing 50-50 raffle. Tickets are $1 apiece and will be sold right up to the 8:45 p.m. drawing the evening of the fireworks celebration. “The more we sell the better off we are going to be, and then somebody is going to walk away with a bigger purse,” said Mr. Turner.

Traffic/parking

Mr. Turner said he is scheduled to meet with town manager Hudson and Millsboro Police Chief Brian Calloway next week to address traffic control and parking.

Rain date/keep fingers crossed

In the event rain or inclement weather June 30, the event will be held the next evening, Sunday, July 1 on the same schedule. Should the entire weekend be a washout, the chamber’s plans are to shoot for something on Labor Day.

“But we don’t want that,” said Mr. Turner. “We want June 30.”

News Editor Glenn Rolfe can be reached at grolfe@newszap.com

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