Gates open at 6:30 p.m. tonight for Darien’s annual fireworks display at Darien High School. Expect the viewer area to be farther from the rockets’ red glare this year, but you’ll still see the bombs bursting in air. The stadium seating available most years is off limits tonight, with a construction project involving underground power lines making that area unavailable. There is an area on the far side of the school for those who want a little less bang (see the fuzzy map below, upper righthand corner). If you want to park your car on the high school campus, you’d better have a parking pass with you.
Red, White and Blue rolled out on parade Wednesday morning, July 4, decorating kid’s bicycles, wagons, hats, clothes, wagons, faces (and did we mention wagons) and, in one case, from a huge flag over the Post Road, for Darien’s annual Push-n-Pull children’s parade. The rules every year are simple: Decorate as you please, roll your vehicle down the street behind the band, the marching officials and the veterans with flags, but introduce no motors into the procession. The wagon, bike, scooter and family deemed by the parade judges to be the best decked-out got the honor of marching in the front. These were the winners this year:
Wagon: Stephanie and Andy Horn
Bike: Tymin Minnick
Scooter: River Rykowski
Family: The Micolo family
Dog: Murphy McRedmond
Those who volunteered to help make the parade work this year include Katherine Samy, Sharad Samy, Roz Lee, Amy Zabetakis and Phillip Kraft. Sponsors of the event are Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, Jet Blue, Day Pitney LLP, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe, Laurel Road Bank, Jaguar Land Rover Darien, Rucci Law Group, Darien Youth Commission, Barnum Benefit Advisors, Dynamic Athletics, Investmark, Urstadt Biddle Properties, the tenants at Goodwives Shopping Center and Mary Ann Hall’s Music for Children (which provided music).
Birthdays are special days, and America’s birthday is the most special of all! July 4th reminds us we’re not meant to be divided into red and blue states, but united in red, white and blue states. It’s a day to feel happy and proud together – wearing our hearts on our sleeves and our nation’s colors, singing America’s songs, and enjoying hot dogs, hamburgers and ice cream! And, it’s a day that ends magically with friends and families enjoying fireworks displays as they light up the skies. This year, with the 4th falling on Wednesday, we have only a brief time to enjoy the traditions and reflect on the meaning of our nation’s birthday.
Beginning Tuesday, look for busy roadways in New England when 86 percent of the region’s estimated 2.4 million travelers drive 50 miles or more this Independence Day, says AAA Northeast. Tuesday will also be the worst travel day of the holiday nationwide, according to AAA. — This article is from announcements from AAA Northeast and the national American Automobile Association. Between July 3 and 8, the nation’s major roadways will be very congested when drivers heading for vacation destinations mix with daily commuters and create delays that can be as much as two to three times longer than usual. “This Independence Day will be one for the record books, as more Americans take to the nation’s roads, skies, rails and waterways than ever before,” said Bill Sutherland, senior vice president, AAA Travel and Publishing.