Gabe Daula was finally old enough to stay up and watch the fireworks.

While he waited for the big booms at Darien High School, 5-year-old Gabe played Frisbee with his father and hung out on a picnic blanket with the Daula and Almy families, who walked to the show.

“It’s my first time seeing a big fireworks show,” Gabe said.

Several thousand joined him at Darien High School July 3 for the show, which included performances from the Darien Town Band and was sponsored by Baywater Properties, Ring’s End, First County Bank, and a long list of other local businesses.

The night was clear and dry as the four grassy viewing areas surrounding the football stadium slowly packed with families with picnic baskets. Many formed lines to buy gourmet grilled cheese, hot buttered lobster and other snacks from area vendors including Gopher Ice Cream, Uncle’s Deli, Non-Stop Donut, and the Meltmobile.

The show has been held at Darien High School since 2011, when town organizations and leaders teamed up to re-establish fireworks after an extended absence.

“It’s great to have a community event that gives everyone a chance to come together,” Republican Selectman Gerry Nielsen said.

Jolene Sutter and her husband Fran Sutter brought three of their two sons, Cole and Trey, and daughter Jaden to the show dressed in red, white and blue clothing.

“They are still young enough that getting dressed up is still fun and it is a good time to be festive,” Jolene Sutter said.

Trey Sutter said the fireworks show would keep him up well past his normal 7 p.m. bedtime.

“The latest I go to bed is 7:30 p.m., if I’m good,” Trey said. “Tonight I’ll go to bed at 10.”