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Food, Fireworks, Fun On Tap For Wilton's 4th Party

WILTON, Conn. – Bands, a political softball game and fireworks will all be part of Wilton’s annual Fourth of July celebration.

The Wilton Parks and Recreation Department is ready to host the town’s big Independence Day event, which will run just about all day at the Wilton Athletic Complex.

“It’s the largest single town event of the year, and it brings everyone together,” Recreation Department Director Steve Pierce said. “It’s just a tradition in the community.”

The Recreation Department has run the event for nearly two decades. Pierce said he’s not sure how many people will come out because July 4 falls in the middle of the week, but he’s planning for the regular crowds all day.

The festivities will start at 8:30 a.m. with a 5K run starting and ending at the Wilton High School track. The schedule also includes a Republicans vs. Democrats softball game set for 2:30 p.m., music from the bands Shadow Act and Rum Runners and the big fireworks show. The 30-minute fireworks show is set for 9:30 p.m., depending on the weather. Several vendors will be selling food, drinks and ice cream, but attendees can also bring grills and cook up food for themselves.

“It’s a long day, (but) everyone has a good time,” Pierce said. “Everyone likes seeing the residents enjoying themselves.”

The Parks and Recreation Department asks residents to leave their dogs and sparklers at home.

In case of bad weather, you can call the department’s information line at 203-454-5188 to check on the status of the event.

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