By Aviva Luria/Zip06.com • 05/24/2022 12:43 PM EST
East Haven will host its 20th annual 4th of July beach party and fireworks display on Sunday, June 26, one day later than scheduled. The party will begin again at noon on the beach in the town of East Haven, with a lineup of four bands and an array of food vendors. The fireworks will begin at 9:15 p.m.
The schedule change is due to miscommunication and a scheduling conflict with the vendor presenting the fireworks, according to Michelle Benivegna, the city’s assistant director of administration and management. When the city called to ask about the event, the vendor revealed they didn’t have the reservation in their system.
“It was a stroke of luck,” Benivegna said.
But since the city presented its fireworks on Sundays until 2010, the logical solution was to postpone until the next day.
Otherwise, the event will proceed as scheduled. Bands performing this year are the Wednesday Bowling League; Start Me Up, a Rolling Stones tribute band; Nu Groove; and Wanted DOA, a Bon Jovi tribute band. The music will continue throughout the afternoon, ending at 9 p.m., 15 minutes before the fireworks start.
“It will definitely be a fun day,” she said. “We always expect a good turnout and a great presentation.”
Every year, she added, the event is a “huge success”.
The annual party is run by the local Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) chapter and supported by the city, which helps VVA raise funds.
“It’s 100% funded by donations,” Benivegna said.
Title sponsors will be determined as donations arrive and appear on banners along Main Street as well as at the event itself. Donations are accepted until the day of the event.
“Last year we exceeded the amount needed,” Benivegna said.
When this happens, funds are set aside for the following year’s event.
Donations can be made by check and mailed to East Haven Town Hall, 250 Main Street 06512, c/o Benivegna or VVA Fireworks. Checks can be made payable to VVA or the City of East Haven.
The rain date, which will include “limited entertainment and fireworks,” according to the city’s website, will be Monday, June 27.
Starting at 9 a.m., access to Town Beach will be limited, with Cosey Beach Avenue closed from Second Avenue to Philips Street. Coe Avenue will be closed from Bradford Street to the beach. East Haven Police Department officers will post notices and direct motorists to the Town Beach area.