Trio of cocktail parties set to support Shelter Island Fireworks

The 2015 Shelter Island fireworks display. (Credit: Bev Walz, file photo)

It’s time to party in support of the 60th annual Shelter Island fireworks at Crescent Beach.

A trio of events are set to raise funds for the fireworks show which this year is scheduled for Saturday, July 8 at 9 p.m.

The event, which costs about $40,000 to produce, is supported through donations. It typically takes place the weekend after July 4.

A small group led by Kelly Surerus, her husband Brett Surerus and other Shelter Island residents have banded together to raise the funds necessary to put on the show since it was initially canceled in 2015. By doing this, they officially took over for the Chamber of Commerce as the event’s organizers.

“There’s something about keeping traditions alive in a small town,” said Ms. Surerus, secretary of the the non-profit group Shelter Island Fireworks Inc. “Events like this really paint a picture of what the Island looks like for us. It’s just a really special day and we’ve tried to expand it to a special weekend. We are trying to make a tradition that is lasting and forever.”

The first 2017 fundraising event will be held at Sunset Beach on Friday, June 23 from 6 to 9.m. Tickets are $75 in advance and can be purchased here, or are $100 at the door. Expect an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, live music and raffles.

All ticket sales support the fireworks and Sunset Beach has committed to a minimum donation of $10,000, according to Surerus.

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The night before the fireworks, July 7, The Shipwreck bar at SALT will host a part which will be sponsored in part by Deep Eddy Vodka. There will be raffles, drinks and music by The Realm. The party begins on 6 p.m.

There will also be an after party following the show at The Tavern.

Additionally, the group will sell T-shirts which are available by emailing shelterislandfireworksinc@gmail.com. See their Instagram page, @shelterislandfireworks, for more info.

Visit shelterislandfireworks.com for more information or to donate to the cause. The rain date is Sunday, July 9.