Celebrating July 4th in Wilton is truly one of the best things about town. The traditional celebrations lead up to an amazing fireworks show put on by the Parks and Recreation Department. It’s a memorable way to celebrate our country’s independence. GOOD Morning Wilton has your guide to everything that’s happening in Wilton for the July 4th holiday.

If there is inclement weather, check online or call the Parks & Rec Information Hotline (203.454.5188) to find out whether festivities get moved to the July 5 rain date.

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Schedule of Events

7 a.m. registration, 8:30 a.m. Freedom Run Road Race (5K) 

Sweat red, white and blue, alongside the usual 200-plus participants in the race, which starts at the WHS Track at Fujitani Field, wraps around past the high school along Kristine Lilly Way to Allen’s Meadows and then back to the track. There are no hills, just easy fun for all. Race fees are $10 each for children 14 years and younger, $20 each for individuals 15 years and older. Sign-up in advance at the Parks & Rec office at Comstock Community Center (180 School Rd.), or register at the track the morning of the race.

12 noon:  Democrats vs. Republicans Softball Game,

WHS Varsity Softball Field: Held on the Wilton High School varsity softball field. Watch the Wilton Republicans and Wilton Democrats put politics aside and vie for the Frivolity Bucket with a GOOD, old-fashioned softball game. Town dignitaries, board and commission members and members of both parties will be participating. The game has been played for more than 50 years.

5:00 pm:  Live DJ, Food Trucks, Fun at WHS Complex 

9:30 pm:  Fireworks at WHS Complex 


Patron Parking passes purchased in advance ($35/vehicle) “guarantee” close parking to the High School Athletic area where the festivities will be held, according to Parks & Rec director Steve Pierce. Availability was limited at press time, contact the Wilton Parks and Recreation office in the Comstock Community Center for more information. Lots include:

  • WHS tennis courts
  • Cider Mill,
  • School Rd./Rte. 7 corner
  • athletic fields
  • Board of Education parking lot

Spaces are limited and passes are issued on a first come, first served basis.

On the night of the event parking is available at locations a bit further away from the Patron Areas for $20.00 per vehicle. Same day parking begins at 4 p.m. for $20 at the following locations:

  • WHS North parking lots
  • Comstock Community Center
  • 372 Danbury Rd. Office Building
  • Middlebrook School
  • Allen’s Meadow (if required)
    At the conclusion of fireworks the following traffic patterns will be in effect:

The evening’s events are paid for by parking revenue—”Everything we’re collecting is paying for that night,” Pierce has told GOOD Morning Wilton in the past.

Tips, Rules and Recommendations

Seating for the event is available in the fields beside Wilton High School behind the barriers. It is on a first come, first served basis. Some people begin setting up as early as 8 a.m., with tables, chairs, blankets and food throughout the day. It’s also recommended to bring some insect repellent and sun coverage if you’re there early.

Food trucks will be on site at the WHS athletic complex.

Personal fireworks of any kind, including sparklers and fountains, are banned in and around the viewing area. Dogs are prohibited at all viewing areas as well. Gas grills are also not allowed, for safety concerns–but small charcoal grills are ok.

Getting There

There’s one aspect of Wilton’s July 4th celebration that can get celebrants a little harried, unless you plan ahead and know what to expect. Vehicle traffic around the Wilton High School fields (from Rte. 7 up School Rd. to Middlebrook) can get complicated, so town officials have set down some specific procedures for parking passes as well as driving directions.

Beginning at 6 p.m.

  • Rte. 7 between Pimpewaug Rd. and Cannon Rd. will be one lane. Non fireworks vehicle traffic will be detoured.
  • School Rd. will be closed to general vehicle traffic from Rte. 7 to Middlebrook School.
  • Catalpa Rd. will be the only access point into the area from Rte. 7.

At the conclusion of fireworks the following traffic patterns will be in effect:

  • Vehicles exiting School Rd. will travel south on Rte.7
  • Vehicles exiting Kristine Lilly Way northbound will be directed to exit at the Wilton High School Main Entrance and travel north on Rte. 7.
  • Catalpa Rd. at Kristine Lilly Way leading to Rte.7 will be closed to vehicular traffic.
  • Vehicles exiting WHS Drive will only be allowed to exit north on Rte. 7.
  • Vehicles exiting Cider Mill School and Middlebrook School will be directed west on School Rd. toward Rte 33/Ridgefield Rd..

Other things to remember:

  • There is no fee for walk-ins. However, town officials always remind patrons that all parking and entry monies collected cover the costs of the evening, and donations are very much appreciated.
  • In the past, first selectwoman Lynne Vanderslice has said that Town employees and CERT volunteers assisting with parking and traffic are giving up their holiday and working that day so residents can enjoy the celebration. She has asked that celebrants be respectful and patient and follow instructions.

What’s Closed

  • Wilton Library (July 4)
  • Wilton Town Hall and all Wilton Town Offices (July 4 and July 5)
  • Wilton Transfer Station:  Thursday, July 4–Closed;  Friday, July 5–Open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, July 6–Closed.  Normal business hours resume on Monday July 8.

Ambler Farm Closed July 4

Ambler Farm will be closed the evening of July 4. Farm officials warn that the farm must be closed that evening, citing the interest of safety. Ambler Farm fields and parking lots are not lit, and cannot accommodate visitors in the dark. Farm parking lots will be closed that evening and parking is not permitted on Hurlbutt Street.

For more information, please visit the Parks and Recreation Department online or contact the office at 203.834.6234.