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Stamford Residents Split Over Fireworks

STAMFORD, Conn. — For the first time in over two years Stamford will have a fireworks display . But feelings towards the fireworks planned for Sept. 1 have been mixed among Stamford residents, especially with the show taking place on a school night.

First grade teacher and mother of two Elyssa Birnbaum Walker suggested moving the fireworks to Friday, Sept. 2 so that her kids and students could be prepared for school. “These children (who love fireworks) need a good night sleep because they have school again the next day, September 2nd! Doing fireworks on a school night is just plain mean,” Walker wrote on The Daily Stamford’s Facebook page.

Melanie Williams and her daughter India, who is entering the sixth grade at Turn of River Middle School, will watch the fireworks. Williams said the 8:15 p.m. start is not too late for kids if parents have them washed and ready to go to bed directly after the show. “It’s a nice send off,” Williams said as India rode her bike around Cove Island Park, “It will give the kids something to talk about the next day.”

Stamford parent Michele Fitzpatrick-Somody also was upset with the date of the fireworks. She said her kids have school and people have to go to work that Friday.

“I only hope my kids do not hear there are fireworks because they cannot got to a fireworks show that may start at 8:15 on a school night. Poor planning. Thumbs down,” Somody wrote on Facebook .

People can watch the display, titled “Celebrate Stamford,” from Southfield Park , Harbor Point , and Kosciuszko Park .

What do you think of the scheduling of the fireworks? Share your thoughts and ideas below send them to reporter Anthony Buzzeo, tbuzzeo@TheDailyStamford.com .

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