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  • Riverwalk “Freedom” Festival celebrates service and comradery

  • The Riverwalk “Freedom” Festival, which returns Friday and Saturday, has become a staple in the Milford community since its inception 14 years ago.
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    • FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

      Check out the full schedule of events for the two-day Riverwalk "Freedom" Festival, as provided by Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford:


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      FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

      Check out the full schedule of events for the two-day Riverwalk "Freedom" Festival, as provided by Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford:



      Friday



      9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friends of the Milford Public Library book sale



      4 p.m. until sold out Milford Parks & Recreation chicken BBQ dinners for sale in Bicentennial Park



      5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Facebook check-in station at Bicentennial Park for entry to win a tablet courtesy of Verizon Wireless Zone of Milford.



      5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Entertainment by Petch from Eagle 97.7



      5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. BK Rentals Kid’s Inflatable Zone in Bicentennial Park



      5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Live music by Down Tyme and Reunion in Bicentennial Park



      6 p.m. "Operation Giveback" in Bicentennial Park



      6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dunk tank in Bicentennial Park



      6:30 p.m. Patriotic Boat Parade on the Mispillion River between Goat Island and walking bridge



      Dusk Fireworks



       



      Saturday



      8 a.m. to 11 a.m. $5 and under breakfast at the Milford Skating Center



      9 a.m. Free yoga class by Milford Massage, Wellness & Yoga at pavilion in Bicentennial Park



      9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Free Zumba at the Milford Skating Center



      9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Dana from Cool 101.3 at North Walnut and Northeast Front streets



      9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Riverwalk Farmers Market at Walnut Street and Riverwalk



      9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Southern Delaware Street Rods Car Show in the Milford Senior Center parking lot



      9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friends of the Milford Public Library book and hot dog sale



      10 a.m. Magic show featuring Kim Z Magic at the Bicentennial Park Stage; Milford Community Band at the Milford Public Library Amphitheatre



      10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Facebook check-in station in Bicentennial Park; Shire of Caer Adamant full-contact Medieval fighting shows in Bicentennial Park; food court in parking lot in front of Arena’s Sports Bar; booths from festival sponsors, local businesses, crafters, vendors and displays along Walnut Street, Washington Street, Denny’s Row, Bicentennial Park North, Memorial Park South and along the Riverwalk; kids area and BK Rentals $5 Inflatable Zone at Memorial Park South and in and by the Basketball courts; woodcarvers expo and crab cake sandwich sale at Milford Senior Center



      10:45 a.m. First State Dance Academy at stage in Bicentennial Park



      11 a.m. First Responders Annual Tug of War on Washington Street bridge



      11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Eagle 97.7 live remote on Walnut Street



      12 p.m. Burgers-n-Beans Burger eating contest on main stage in Bicentennial Park; Tatiana Akinfieva Dance Academy student performances at the Milford Public Library Amphitheater



      12 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Lunch at the Milford Skating Center



      1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Whirl-A-Ways Square Dance Group performs at Milford Public Library Amphitheatre



      1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Free skate, $2 skate rental at Milford Skating Center



      2 p.m. Magic show featuring Kim Z Magic on the main stage in Bicentennial Park



      3 p.m. Reptiles and amphibians show by Abbotts Mill Nature Center at Milford Public Library Amphitheatre



      3:30 p.m. Duck Dash on the Mispillion River between walking bridge and Washington Street Bridge



      4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Second Annual Cheers To Our Heroes Downtown Scavenger Hunt



      6:30 p.m. Roller derby bout at Milford Skating Center

  • The Riverwalk “Freedom” Festival, which returns Friday and Saturday, has become a staple in the Milford community since its inception 14 years ago.
    “Whether it’s Milford residents or people visiting from out of town, it’s a great opportunity to show off our town and all the recreation, shopping and dining experiences that are in downtown Milford,” Mayor Bryan Shupe said. “It’s a nice feeling of comradery and togetherness for the town.”
    Sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford, the event initially was founded as a way to pay tribute to the victims and heroes of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
    “It’s important for us to remind ourselves not only of the responders but our military men and women and what they’re doing for us on a daily basis,” Shupe added.
    In recent years, the festival has added Operation Giveback for veterans and their families to reach out to local services and get a little special treatment.
    “Last year was such a success with fireworks on Friday and Operation Giveback, we didn’t want to change anything because it worked so well,” CCGM President Angela Dorey said. “We wanted to make it an evening in honor of them.”
    While the festival traditionally pays tribute to servicemen and women, it’s become a tradition for the entire city and surrounding areas.
    “I think that having these community events can really induce confidence and friendliness, especially in the downtown area,” she said.
     
    Check out the full schedule of events for the two-day Riverwalk “Freedom” Festival, as provided by Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford:
    Friday
    9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friends of the Milford Public Library book sale
    4 p.m. until sold out Milford Parks & Recreation chicken BBQ dinners for sale in Bicentennial Park
    5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Facebook check-in station at Bicentennial Park for entry to win a tablet courtesy of Verizon Wireless Zone of Milford.
    5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Entertainment by Petch from Eagle 97.7
    5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. BK Rentals Kid’s Inflatable Zone in Bicentennial Park
    5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Live music by Down Tyme and Reunion in Bicentennial Park
    6 p.m. “Operation Giveback” in Bicentennial Park
    6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dunk tank in Bicentennial Park
    Page 2 of 3 - 6:30 p.m. Patriotic Boat Parade on the Mispillion River between Goat Island and walking bridge
    Dusk Fireworks
     
    Saturday
    8 a.m. to 11 a.m. $5 and under breakfast at the Milford Skating Center
    9 a.m. Free yoga class by Milford Massage, Wellness & Yoga at pavilion in Bicentennial Park
    9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Free Zumba at the Milford Skating Center
    9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Dana from Cool 101.3 at North Walnut and Northeast Front streets
    9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Riverwalk Farmers Market at Walnut Street and Riverwalk
    9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Southern Delaware Street Rods Car Show in the Milford Senior Center parking lot
    9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friends of the Milford Public Library book and hot dog sale
    10 a.m. Magic show featuring Kim Z Magic at the Bicentennial Park Stage; Milford Community Band at the Milford Public Library Amphitheatre
    10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Facebook check-in station in Bicentennial Park; Shire of Caer Adamant full-contact Medieval fighting shows in Bicentennial Park; food court in parking lot in front of Arena’s Sports Bar; booths from festival sponsors, local businesses, crafters, vendors and displays along Walnut Street, Washington Street, Denny’s Row, Bicentennial Park North, Memorial Park South and along the Riverwalk; kids area and BK Rentals $5 Inflatable Zone at Memorial Park South and in and by the Basketball courts; woodcarvers expo and crab cake sandwich sale at Milford Senior Center
    10:45 a.m. First State Dance Academy at stage in Bicentennial Park
    11 a.m. First Responders Annual Tug of War on Washington Street bridge
    11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Eagle 97.7 live remote on Walnut Street
    12 p.m. Burgers-n-Beans Burger eating contest on main stage in Bicentennial Park; Tatiana Akinfieva Dance Academy student performances at the Milford Public Library Amphitheater
    12 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Lunch at the Milford Skating Center
    1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Whirl-A-Ways Square Dance Group performs at Milford Public Library Amphitheatre
    1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Free skate, $2 skate rental at Milford Skating Center
    2 p.m. Magic show featuring Kim Z Magic on the main stage in Bicentennial Park
    3 p.m. Reptiles and amphibians show by Abbotts Mill Nature Center at Milford Public Library Amphitheatre
    3:30 p.m. Duck Dash on the Mispillion River between walking bridge and Washington Street Bridge
    Page 3 of 3 - 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Second Annual Cheers To Our Heroes Downtown Scavenger Hunt
    6:30 p.m. Roller derby bout at Milford Skating Center

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