Fireworks and fun: Trumbull Day returns this Saturday

Trumbull Day is back and organizers promise a day full of family activities, carnival rides and live entertainment, culminating with a “fireworks show that will knock their socks off,” according to Veronica Lenzen, who is on the Trumbull Day Committee.

The town event is this Saturday, June 29, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on the grounds of Trumbull High School and Hillcrest Middle School.

Trumbull Day started in 1972 to celebrate the town’s 175th anniversary but, due in part to expenses of keeping the event going, it hasn’t been held in the last few years. This year, a volunteer planning committee began working in January, securing sponsorships to help cover costs.

“We are really excited to bring it back,” Lenzen said. “We want to give people in town much-needed family time. We want them to spend a day enjoying everything Trumbull has to offer.”

There will be an admission fee this year of $7 for adults, $5 for children ages 6 to 13, and free for children under 5. U.S. military personnel on active duty enter free. Families may also purchase a “Family Fun Pack” for $20 that will allow entrance for two adults and two children.

The event will offer a fully equipped carnival and “kiddie” rides.

A whole area will be devoted to families with children, offering live entertainment for kids, crafts and games.

“Yale New Haven Hospital donated a family comfort station as a place to change diapers, or as a nursing station,” Lenzen said. “It really helps to make it a family friendly event for people with young children.”

Entertainment will be scheduled throughout the day, including many local acts on a main stage.

Beer and wine will be served this year in a specific area that will be closed off to all under age.

“I can honestly tell you that most of our time has been spent making sure it’s safe as it can be,” Lenzen said of the beer and wine area.

Volunteer bartenders will be working and security is set up to check I.D.’s. Patrons may bring food into the beer and wine tent but will not be able to leave with drinks.

Trumbull Day will have more than 60 vendors including crafters, businesses, town groups and attractions like temporary tattoo stations.

Fireworks are tentatively scheduled to go off at 9, but organizers suggest getting to the event around 6:30, to check out the area and enjoy food and live entertainment.


Putting on the event has been no small feat and about 200 volunteers are helping.

“You can’t pull off a day like this without all hands on deck,” Lenzen said. “But it’s going to be a wonderful success.”

The organizers anticipate anywhere around 10,000 to 25,000 people to come through.

“In its heyday Trumbull Day saw 50,000 people go through,” she said. “The more the merrier.”

The organizers are going to try to hold it rain or shine but if there are any safety concerns, weather cancellations will be posted at or on the event’s Facebook page.

“I think I am most excited about seeing all of my neighbors in one place having a good time,” Lenzen said. “It’s a day for families to get together and enjoy themselves and that has been my goal from the beginning.”

First Selectman Timothy Herbst said he is excited that Trumbull Day is returning.

“I just want to thank the commission and consultants who assisted us, they worked very hard,” Herbst said. “I think we are going to bring it back in a way that exceeds expectation.”