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. Parking and 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.

Parking options include:

  • Advance Patron parking passes for the following locations can be purchased for $35 at the Parks & Recreation Department up to 4:30 p.m. today, Friday, June 30. Passes and signage will be color coded to assist you in identifying your location:
    • Cider Mill–blue
    • WHS Tennis Courts–green
    • WHS Athletic Field–yellow
    • School Rd./Rte. 7–orange
    • Bd. of Education District lot–red
  • 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:

  • 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 are reminding patrons that all parking and entry monies collected cover the costs of the evening, and donations are very much appreciated.
  • First selectman Lynne Vanderslice posted a reminder that Town employees and CERT volunteers assisting with parking and traffic are giving up their holiday and working that day so you residents can enjoy the celebration. She asks that everyone be respectful and patient and follow instructions.