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—including some new Food Trucks this year!

If there is inclement weather, there’s a hotline to find out whether festivities get moved to July 5:  203.454.5188.

Monday, July 4 (Rain Date for Town Activities—Tuesday, July 5)

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 Football Field/Track, 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 for children 14 years and younger, $20 for individuals 15 years and older. Sign-up in advance at the Parks & Rec office (through this Thursday) at Comstock Community Center, or register at the track the morning of the race.

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wilton Family YMCA Open House:  The entire facility will be open and free to the public. Enjoy the 50 meter outdoor pool, the pond and beach at Kiwanis Park, the children’s outdoor splash pool, fitness center, gym and outdoor playgrounds. Bring a friend and enjoy the day.

12 noon Frivolity Bowl–Republicans vs. Democrats Softball Game:  Held on the WHS 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 since 1966.

5 p.m. Musical performances:  Music starts at 5 p.m., with One Bad Oyster taking the stage at 5 p.m., followed by Shelter Dog at 6:15 p.m., and fan favorite Retro Express onstage at 7:30 p.m..

9:30 p.m. Fireworks Show, at Wilton High School athletic fields.

Parking

Patron Parking passes are still available at the Wilton Parks and Recreation office in the Comstock Community Center. Patron passes are $35.00 per vehicle. These passes “guarantee” close parking to the High School Athletic area where the festivities will be held, according to Parks & Rec director Steve Pierce. Lots include the tennis courts, Cider Mill, Athletic Fields or Board of Education parking lot.

The night of the 4th parking is available at locations a bit further away from the Patron Areas for $20.00 per vehicle. Lots include those at Comstock and the North WHS lot. Parks & Rec officials say there is plenty of parking for all who wish to come.

Pierce reminds residents that the evening’s events are paid for by parking revenue—”Everything we’re collecting is paying for that night,” he says. It costs about $35,000 to hold July 4th celebrations.

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.

This year, Parks & Rec has arranged for food trucks to be on site. Booth Bay Lobster Truck, a Pizza Truck and an ice cream truck 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.

What’s Closed:

Wilton Library (July 4)
Wilton Parks and Recreation Office (July 1 & 4)
Wilton Town Hall and all Wilton Town Offices (July 1 & 4)
Wilton Transfer Station (July 2 & 4)

Ambler Farm Closed July 4

Unlike previous years, Ambler Farm will be closed the evening of July 4. Organizers met with Parks & Rec and determined that the farm must be closed that evening, citing the interest of safety.

Farm officials posted this message on Facebook:  “We know it’s become a destination for watching fireworks, but visitors’ safety is paramount:  fields and parking lots are not lit, so we can’t accommodate visitors that leave in the dark. Our parking lots will be closed that evening and parking is not permitted on Hurlbutt Street. We encourage you to enjoy the town-wide celebrations near the stadium.”