What better way to celebrate our country’s independence than with Wilton’s traditional celebrations. Here’s your guide to everything that’s happening in Wilton for the July 4th holiday.

Friday, July 4

  • 7 a.m.  Open House at the Wilton Family Y:  The Wilton Family Y will be having an Open House on July 4. All are welcome to enjoy the Fitness Center from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.; in addition, the 50-meter pool, pond and splash pool at the Kiwanis park, along with the gym and the outdoor playgrounds will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.. Bring a friend along and enjoy the day!
  • 7 a.m./8:30 a.m.  Freedom Run Road Race (5K), registration 7 a.m. race begins 8:30 a.m., WHS Football Field/Track:  Race fees are $10 each for children 14 years and younger and $20 each for individuals 15 years and older. Sign-up form here. All participants receive a t-shirt. (rain date July 5)
  • 12 noon  Frivolity Bowl–Republicans vs. Democrats Softball Game, 12 p.m., Varsity Softball Field Near Wilton High School:  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:  Three bands will perform this year, with the Wilton High School student trio, funk/reggae/rock group Great Blue taking the stage first; they’ll be followed by Retro Express at 6:15 p.m.; last up is Rum Runners, who have played Wilton’s celebration before to much acclaim.
  • 9:30 p.m. Fireworks Show, Wilton High School

Parking passes are sold by Wilton Parks and Recreation, either by walk-in at Parks & Rec offices or by mail; the form can be found in the Spring and Summer online Brochure. One pass is $35, two passes are $65, and three passes are $100. All money collected will go to offset the cost of the fireworks, and vehicles with passes may park in a lot of choice (WHS Athletic Lot, Board of Education Lot, Cider Mill School, Tennis Courts, and School Rd./Rt. 7).

Vehicles without passes will be charged $20 the day of the event; however, parking cannot be guaranteed without a pass. (General admission parking the day of will be at Comstock Community Center, Middlebrook School, the WHS North lot and Allen’s Meadow.)

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.

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. 

What’s Closed:

  • Wilton Library
  • Wilton Parks and Recreation Office
  • Wilton Town Hall
  • Wilton Transfer Station July 4 & 5