DMI to celebrate Milford’s 231st birthday during 3rd Thursday

MILFORD – Downtown Milford, Inc. (DMI) is planning a party to top them all next week as they celebrate Milford’s 231st birthday during Third Thursday.

From 5 until 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, businesses in the heart of Milford will be open with extended hours for all to enjoy.

Shoppers, visitors, and attendees are encouraged to wear town pride on their sleeve by donning maroon and gold – Milford’s hometown school colors – as they celebrate. Don’t have any maroon and gold attire? Milford High School students will be onsite selling maroon and gold school district swag from 5-7 p.m. (cash or check only) in the farmer’s market area.  These colors will dot the downtown and Riverwalk area to create a picture-perfect town photo at 7:15 p.m.  The photo will be taken by drone along the Riverwalk between Washington Street and the Santa House.

In addition to the town photo, attendees will have the opportunity to light and hold a candle while singing Happy Birthday. A ceremonial cake cutting will take place in the Farmers Market area by Milford Mayor Archie Campbell.  Mini cupcakes by Sweet Tia’s Bakery, sponsored by Milford LIVE, will be available to the first 200 attendees.

Food trucks for the evening include Rosenfeld’s Jewish Deli, Mr. Bar B Que, Sea Hogg, Greenman Juice Bar & Bistro and Vanderwende Farm Creamery on Walnut Street.

The Milford Museum will be also open, unveiling their new 2019 Milford calendar. Abbott’s Mill Nature Center will be onsite at Lifecycle talking programs and selling beer to support their trails and programming. While visiting with staff from the nature center, children can decorate Buccaneer swords using upcycled bicycle boxes at Lifecycle.

Local businesses will celebrate Milford’s birthday throughout the evening with specials and events of their own.

Entertainment includes dancers from First State Academy of Dance from 5:30 to 6 p.m. and Happy Birthday led by Milford High School students.  The Mispillion Art League will offer face painting inside the gallery and the Milford Buccaneer will be walking around town, so be sure to grab a photo with him. Downtown Milford, Inc. encourages attendees to use the hashtag #WeAreMilford for all social media postings.

DMI volunteers say 3rd Thursday is a great way to discover Milford’s retail shops, restaurants and art galleries, rain or shine. Bring the family, meet up with friends and neighbors, and make new friends as while enjoying the fun of exploring downtown Milford.

For more information, contact the Downtown Milford, Inc. office at 302-839-1180. Volunteer opportunities are available online at

Downtown Milford, Inc. is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization continually promoting quality civic, commercial, and cultural development of the historic central business district, which is the heart of community life In Milford, Delaware.

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