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Darien’s Cutest, Dolled up & Dandified, Get Pulled, Pushed or Self-Propelled in July 4 Parade

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Parent power and kid power propelled hundreds of marchers through downtown streets Monday for the annual July 4 Darien-Norwalk Push-n-Pull Parade, exhibiting Darien’s and Norwalk’s cutest patriots in the national colors. The rules of the annual parade are simple: You can walk or ride in any kind of non-motorized, wheeled vehicle. At least one kid was on roller blades, many toddlers were in wagons, often resplendently furnished Radio Flyers, scooters were popular and there were bicycles. All got behind an honor guard from the Darien VFW Post, which led the parade, followed by The Spirit of Black Rock Fife and Drum Corps of Bridgeport, local officials (more on who, below), town resident Joe Warren, dressed as Uncle Sam, and the winners of several contests for their parade gear (more on that, below). Before the event, the paraders gathered in the parking lot at Goodwives Shopping Plaza, where they heard music from “Mary Ann Hall’s Music for Children and Beyond” — a children’s music school with classes at the Darien-Norwalk YWCA from fall through spring.

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For July 2 Darien Fireworks, Get a Parking Pass Soon — and Here’s More Info

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Friday, July 1, 10:06 a.m.:

There were still about 50 parking passes available Thursday afternoon at Darien Town Hall. Today, Friday, is the last day to get them, and they allow you to park your car at Darien High School or on nearby streets (first-come, first served). Otherwise you’ll have to walk to the fireworks display or get dropped off and picked up. You can pay for the $30 parking passes with cash or a check at the First Selectman’s Office in Town Hall. Get there before 4 p.m.

Original article, June 21:

If you’re going to Darien’s fireworks, scheduled for Saturday, July 2 (rain date is Sunday, July 3), you may want a parking pass, allowing you to park on the high school campus.

Going to the Darien Fireworks? Know the Rules Before You Go

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Darien police have announced these safety and traffic rules for people attending — and especially driving to — the town fireworks display on Saturday, July 2. Some highlights: No vehicles can enter before 6:30 p.m.; No parking passes are available on the day of the event; no booze at the event; if you try to take down a no parking sign, you’ll be arrested; your bags, backpack or cooler may be searched; there are various ways you could park your car so that it will be towed, putting a definite crimp on your fun (see the announcement for that and for other rules). Here’s the announcement:
The following regulations will be in force the evening of Saturday, July 2, 2016 for the fireworks display at Darien High School (rain date Sunday, July 3). All parking in the high school lot will be with a pre-paid permit only.  This permit must be visible in the vehicle’s windshield when approaching the gate.  Parking permits can be purchased at the Darien Town Hall.  No permits will be sold at the Darien High School gate. All traffic will enter the high school grounds via Noroton Avenue.  Cars will be parked in a manner so that all vehicles will be facing away from the high school area to expedite traffic flow at the conclusion of the display.  No vehicles will be allowed to enter the high school property until 6:30 p.m.
Residents should be advised that there are a limited number of handicapped parking spaces available and a handicapped permit will be required to access the handicapped area.

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Metro-North Train Schedule Changes as You Go Forth This Fourth of July Weekend

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Metro-North has announced train schedule changes on the New Haven Line for the upcoming July 4th weekend. FRIDAY, JULY 1: There will be nine extra “getaway” departures on the New Haven Line from Grand Central Terminal leaving from 12:58 to 4 p.m. Friday, but various trains from 5:19 to 7:09 p.m. won’t be running that day or will be combined (details below). SATURDAY & SUNDAY, JULY 2 -3: A regular weekend schedule will be in effect. MONDAY, JULY 4: Metro-North will operate on a Sunday schedule for trains leaving Grand Central after the annual 40th anniversary Macy’s Fireworks. Here are exerpts (from the announcement (leaving out information on the Hudson and Harlem lines):
Please see a current timetable, check out our TrainTime™ app, or visit our schedules page.

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Get Your Kids Ready: Darien/Norwalk Push-n-Pull Parade Continues July 4 Tradition

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Oil the bike wheels, check the tire pressure, decorate it up and get out that patriotic costume/hat/T-shirt — the annual Darien Norwalk Push-n-Pull Parade takes place on July 4. Here’s an announcement from the organizers:

To the delight of many local children and families, Darien VFW Post 6933 is proudly hosting the 12th annual July 4th Push-n-Pull Parade. In keeping with what has now become an annual tradition for Darien, the patriotic parade of children riding bikes, scooters, wagons and non-motorized vehicles will step off from Goodwives Shopping Center with a start time of 10:30 a.m. sharp. Families are encouraged to arrive at Goodwives Shopping Center from 9:45 a.m., where Mary Ann Hall’s Music for Children will entertain the waiting crowd before kick-off. The VFW is pleased to have the sponsorship support of the Rucci Law Group, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, Darien Rowayton Bank, the Darien Youth Commission, Tiger Wealth Management, Dynamic Athletics, Mary Ann Hall’s Music for Children and the support of the Police Department of the Town of Darien, the Fire Departments of Darien, Noroton and Noroton Heights, and, of course, the Town of Darien.