New Milford Announces Prom + Graduation to Happen This Year
A week ago, we told you about New Milford being one of the few towns in the area that was going to be holding a Memorial Day parade and town fireworks this year. Now the town has taken another step forward.
As we all try to get back to some form of normalcy, there's one town in Greater Danbury that has literally taken yet another step towards that, and that's the town of New Milford.
According to newstimes.com, the town announced earlier this week that the high schools senior prom would return this year and take place on May 8 at the Amber Room Colonnade. The prom was canceled due to the pandemic last year, and this years event, keeping with the state's guidance, will be held outside under the Amber Room tent, with no outside guests allowed.
The New Milford High School Graduation scheduled for June 19 will be similar to what occurred last year. Seniors will once again be dressed in their caps and gowns and hop in cars that will be decorated in the Green Wave colors for a mile long graduation parade that culminates at the High School.
There will also be two other events that did not happen last year, the senior picnic scheduled for May 27 at Harrybrooke Park, and the senior trip to Six Flags scheduled for May 28.
So why are all these events returning to New Milford when some other towns have already canceled theirs? New Milford Mayor Pete Bass explained the town's approach.
"I think some of it, like Memorial Day and the Fireworks, and speaking with our Health Director Lisa Morrissey who looks at the numbers, plus adhering to Governor Lamont's executive orders, which will expire on the 19th of May, pretty much allows for events such as these. We definitely want to continue our traditions here in New Milford of honoring the men and women of the armed forces that paid the ultimate sacrifice, and by having more and more people vaccinated allows us to do that and bring more normalcy to the town. Also the PTO and the school administration has been working hard with the Board of Education to provide these opportunities for our graduating seniors, and we're excited about that as well."
The town's Health Director, Lisa Morrissey, has also been working closely with the schools to make sure students are vaccinated by the time the events take place.