Another year of fireworks and fun

The Parks and Recreation Department invites residents to join in the celebration of Independence Day Monday, July 4, at the Wilton High School football field.

Festivities will kick off at 8:30 a.m. with the annual 5K Freedom Run Road Race at Wilton High School’s Fujitani Field.

The entrance fee for participating in the race is $10 for children 14 and under, and $20 for ages 15 and up. Same-day registration will become available starting at 7 a.m. at Fujitani Field. Otherwise, stop by the Parks and Recreation office any time ahead of the event.

The annual Republicans vs. Democrats softball game — where teams vie for the Frivolity Cup — will take place at noon at the varsity softball field.

Musical groups will take the stage starting at 5 p.m. The lineup is as follows.

  • One Bad Oyster — 5 p.m. (

  • Shelter Dog — 6:15 p.m.

  • Retro Express — 7:30 p.m. (

The annual celebration will conclude with a fireworks show starting at 9:30 p.m.

Patron parking tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis for $35 per car, or $65 for two vehicles. These guarantee parking at or adjacent to the high school athletic area for the entire day and evening.

All patron passes must be purchased prior to July 4th at the Parks and Recreation office in the Comstock Community Center.

There will also be day-of parking further out than the patron locations for $20 per car. All revenue collected through parking fees goes to offset the cost of the fireworks show.

The Parks and Recreation Department’s Dial-a-Ride service will provide transportation for senior citizens who want to attend the fireworks celebration.

The price is $1, one-way, and space is limited. Seniors who wish to use the service need to call 203-834-6235 in advance of the holiday to book seats.

To ensure public safety, personal fireworks, sparklers, gas grills, and dogs are prohibited at the fireworks display grounds. Ambler Farm will be closed for the evening for safety reasons because of its proximity to Wilton High School.

The rain date for the Fourth of July event is Tuesday, July 5. Parks and Recreation advises that 203-454-5188 is the department’s program information line, which can be called July 4 or 5 for updates on any delays or cancellations.

“It’s probably one of the single largest community events in Wilton on an annual basis,” Parks and Recreation Director Steve Pierce told The Bulletin. “We hope for really good weather, and hope for a happy, safe Fourth for everyone that’ll be coming out.”

“If people have any questions, they can call Parks and Rec at 203-834-6234,” Pierce said.