Darien Fireworks Display Traffic and Parking Regulations


Darien Police Officer Kate Gelineau (pronounced "JELL-in-oh") at the last intersection on Noroton Avenue before Darien High School. Gelineau is also the school resource officer for Tokeneke Elementary School). A total of 35 police officers were on duty at the fireworks.

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Here’s what you need to know about getting in and out for the Darien fireworks display on Saturday night, and about parking when you’re there.

Police issued this announcement Wednesday:

The Darien Police Department will enforce traffic regulations and monitor security for the town’s 2019 fireworks display on Saturday, July 6 at Darien High School (DHS). (The rain date is July 7.)

The main entrance will open at 6:30 p.m.

Back in 2015, Darien Police Officer Kate Gelineau (pronounced “JELL-in-oh”) was on duty at the last intersection on Noroton Avenue before Darien High School. Almost three dozen Darien police officers have worked on duty for each town fireworks display in past years.

You’ll Need a Parking Pass

A parking pass is required to park on DHS campus grounds. Parking passes can be obtained through Friday, July 5, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Town Hall Parks and Recreation Department office (Room 110).

Parking passes will not be sold at the event. (They are available in the Parks and Recreation Department at Town Hall on Friday, July 5, from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.)

All paid parking traffic will enter DHS campus from Noroton Avenue. Parking passes must be visible on the vehicle dashboard.

If You Walk, It’s Free — But Give Yourself Time

All foot traffic and off-campus parking is free.

Guests are urged to allow sufficient time to walk to the display viewing areas to alleviate anticipated traffic problems.

Walking access is permitted onto campus from all roads that lead to DHS.

Handicapped-Accessible Parking

A handicapped-accesible parking permit is required to park in the limited handicapped-accesible parking spaces available.

Don’t Park Here

Due to the large number of vehicles expected, parking regulations and designated tow away zones will be strictly enforced. Vehicles in hazardous locations, impeding traffic flow, or are blocking driveways will be towed. When parking capacity has been reached, Noroton Avenue extension will be closed to vehicular traffic.

No parking will be allowed on Noroton Avenue.

Park Here

Parking is permitted on the south side of the public portion of Holly Lane and the west side of Libby Lane.

Parking lots are available at Middlesex Middle School and McGuane Field.

Don’t Do This

No alcoholic beverages are allowed on school property. As a safety precaution, all bags, backpacks and coolers will be subject to inspection.

Parents are reminded that they will not be allowed onto DHS campus grounds to pick up their children until after the roads are clear. For the safety of all spectators, light colored clothing should be worn and if possible, spectators should carry a flashlight or a chemical light.

Lost and Found

An emergency services command post will be located in the parking lot near the football field entrance. This command post will serve as a “lost and found” location during the event.

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