4th of July: race, music fireworks
Wilton will celebrate the nation’s 237th birthday with a Fourth of July celebration that includes a road race, softball game, live music and fireworks, all presented by the Wilton Parks and Recreation Department.
Some 200 runners, walkers and joggers are expected to start the day with the annual Freedom Run 5K Road Race, which begins at 8:30 at the Wilton High School track. Registration takes place before the race, also at the track.
There are four entry categories each for men and women: 10 years old and under, 11-16 years old, 17-55 years old, and 56 years and up. The race fee is $10 for children 14 and younger, and $20 each for those 15 and older.
The relatively flat course begins at the track, and then makes its way past the high school along Kristine Lilly Way to Allen’s Meadow, and then back to the track.
Every registered participant will receive a T-shirt. The rain date for the race is July 5.
Rivalry between the town’s Democratic and Republican parties takes to the softball diamond in the annual Frivolity Bowl. The opening pitch with be thrown at 2:30 on the varsity softball field at the Wilton Athletic Complex. Participants include town dignitaries, board and commission members, but there’s always the chance of a ringer or two. To the victors go bragging rights and the Frivolity Bucket with the scores from previous games, which date to 1966, etched inside.
The musical runup to the main event — fireworks — is scheduled to begins at 5, but it was unclear as The Bulletin went to press who the lead-off entertainer would be.
A local favorite, the Kenn Morr Band, which played at the Wilton Go Green Festival May 5, is scheduled to entertain at 6:30.
The popular Rum Runners Band will take to the stage from 8 to 9:30 and then return at 10. The group, from Milford, plays soft rock, hard rock and classic rock.
In addition to the music, there will be vendors selling items like glow sticks and ice cream. Those who attend may bring a picnic, although no alcohol will be permitted.
The flash and bang of fireworks will begin around 9:30 and the show is expected to last 25 to 30 minutes.
According to Wilton police, no sparklers, dogs or fires will be allowed on the grounds. Route 7 will be closed from Cannon Road to Pimpewaug.
The Fourth of July events annually draw thousands to the area and parking is limited. The Parks and Recreation Department offers “4th of July Booster Parking Passes” for $35 per car and those who purchase them may indicate a preferred lot from the following: High School Athletic Area, Board of Education, Tennis Courts, Cider Mill, School Road/Route 7. Two passes may be purchased for $65 and three passes for $100. Parking spots are guaranteed; early arrival is not necessary.
Cars without the booster parking pass will be charged $20 on a first-come, first served basis. Parking will be available at the office building across the street, the high school north parking lot, and, if it’s a big night, Allen’s Meadow. All money collected for parking helps pay for the evening’s events.
The rain date is July 5. Information: wiltonparksandrec.org. The program cancellation line is 203-454-5188.