July 5 fete: happenings, where to park

NOTE: All activities and events have been rescheduled to Saturday, July 5.

Fireworks, softball games, and live music will be in store for Wilton’s annual July 4 celebration this year — though they will now be held on Saturday, July 5.

If you want to make it to the event — and park a reasonable distance from the festivities — you should be aware of the parking situation near Wilton High School’s Memorial Field.

A fee of $20 is the requested parking donation for the event, and allows you to park at Comstock, Middlebrook, the high school’s north lot, or Allen’s Meadow.

Spots are given out on a first-come first-serve basis for general admission and may disappear as the clock gets close to the 9:30 start of fireworks.

In order to guarantee a spot, you’ll have to sign up for the Parks & Rec department’s new patron parking program. This program, more expensive than general admission, reserves your parking spot all day until the beginning of the fireworks display.

For $35, residents can reserve a parking spot at Cider Mill, the high school athletic parking area, the corner of School Road and Route 7, or the high school central office parking lot.

To obtain a patron pass, visit www.wiltonparksandrec.org.

In case of bad weather on Friday, the Parks and Recreation will advise the public via the program information line as to the status of all July 4th events. The number is 203-454-5188.

The following events are planned for July 4 (5) in Wilton this year:

7 a.m. — Registration for the Freedom Run Road Race opens at the high school track.

8:30 a.m. — Freedom Run Road Race begins.

2:30 p.m. — Democrats vs. Republicans softball game begins at the high school varsity softball field.

5 p.m. — Musical shows begin at the high school field with Great Blue, a band of high school students.

6:15 p.m. — Music continues with Retro Express, a six-member band with tunes from the mid to late 20th Century.

8 p.m. — Music continues with the Rum Runners, a group of four New Haven firefighters.

9:30 p.m. — The main fireworks show begins, running until about 10 p.m.