The 17th Annual Pirate’s Day Returns to Downtown Milford
MILFORD, CT – The Downtown Milford Business Association is kicking off summer once again with the 17th Annual Pirate’s Day on Sunday, June 9. Pirate’s Day has served as an unofficial start to the season for years, and now it’s even more family-friendly than ever.
“Even though summer doesn’t start until June 21, in Milford, it begins with Pirate’s Day,” said Dan Rascoll, DMBA Vice President. “It's a festive way to enjoy the warm weather and our beautiful harbor town."
Run by a team of volunteers, Pirate's Day offers up adventure, treasure, and imagination. The day begins with a character pancake breakfast right on the harbor, then the appearance of Captain Kidd (radio personality Brian Smith) and his pirate crew as they arrive with fanfare by boat in Milford Harbor. This year’s event has expanded with live music from Rockin’ Ron The Friendly Pirate and the Saab Brothers, DJs, food trucks, vendors, activities, and of course the signature treasure hunt. New activities include story time with local author Katie L. Carroll, whose pirate stories are a perfect fit for the day, face painting with Hatter & Tatter, and ghost tours of the Milford Chamber of Commerce with Spirits of Milford.
“The best part of the day is seeing all the kids turn on their imagination,” said Yvonne Stobie, owner of Duck Duck Goose Children's Boutique. “It’s a day of good old-fashioned, device-free fun.”
With its coastal appeal, downtown Milford is a natural fit for the pirate-themed day. Pirate legend is a part of Milford culture — rumor has it Captain Kidd has buried treasure on Charles Island. Located right on the harbor, the historic downtown is a destination long known by locals and surrounding communities for its New England charm and easy access to area beaches. In recent years, Milford has enjoyed a resurgence of new shops, salons, and restaurants along with established local favorites, making it a destination that’s growing in popularity with each season.
Pirate’s Day begins at 9 am at Lisman Landing, 37 Helwig Street, Milford CT and goes to 3 pm. There are two seatings for Pancakes with Pirates (9 am and 10 am) and tickets are $10 each. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit here.