Downtown Milford Inc. will host the city of Milford’s 230th birthday celebration at its monthly Third Thursday event, set for 5-8 p.m. Sept. 21 throughout downtown Milford.

Downtown Milford businesses will be open with extended hours; and shoppers, visitors and attendees can collect maroon and gold paper strips from the open merchants. Once collected, attendees can add their paper strips to the paper chain on the riverwalk. The completed chain and a happy birthday banner will create frame for a town photo. The photo will be taken by drone at 7:15 p.m. along the riverwalk between Washington Street and the Santa House.

Attendees are encouraged to wear maroon and gold to demonstrate their Milford pride. Those in maroon and gold will receive discounts at Petite Sweets on maroon and gold cake pops; Irish Rose, 10 percent off; Milford Antiques, 10 percent off; Novel Tea Nook, 10 percent off; and Coolspring Cottage, 10 percent off regular priced items. Lifecycle will have buccaneer-themed events — cardboard pirate sword crafts, eye patches and pirate games. Kam Productions will have a booth in the Lifecycle parking lot premiering their fall line of apparel.

Milford Public Library will open its outdoor covered portico for the community to decorate free birthday hats with “I Love Milford” and birthday stickers from 5 to 7 p.m. Volunteers will be on-site to help with the hat decorating, and markers and stickers will be available to decorate the hats.

Shoppers are encouraged to make a purchase at downtown businesses, bring the receipt to the hat decorating area and receive a chance to win the History of Milford raffle donated by the Milford Museum.

Attendees will have the opportunity to light and hold a candle, donated by Avenue United Methodist Church and sing happy birthday. A cake cutting will occur in the Farmers Market area by Mayor Bryan Shupe. Candles and cake will be limited to the first 100 and 200 people, respectively.

Food trucks include Rosenfeld’s Jewish Deli, Mr. Bar-B-Que, Po’ Boys Creole Food Truck and

Vanderwende Farm Creamery on Walnut Street. Carl’s Gourmet Hots, The Cheese Board and Nash’s Farm Stand will be set-up in the park. Dixie’s Down Home Cooking food truck will be in the Lifecycle parking lot, and the Novel Tea Nook will be selling ice cream in their parking lot.

The Milford Museum is hosting a free ice cream social and Abbott’s Mill Nature Center will be at Lifecycle talking programs and selling beer to support their trails and those programs.

Entertainment includes dancers from First State Academy of Dance and music from the Milford School District and The Music School of Delaware. Milford Antiques will have Joyful Noise

at their store from 6 to 8 p.m. The Mispillion Art League will be face painting inside the gallery and the Milford Buccaneer will walk around town.

For more, call 839-1180.