For the fifth year, the Chamber of Commerce is presenting fireworks, music, and food at the annual Darien Fireworks and Picnic on the night of Friday, July 3, at Darien High School.

The gates will open at 6:30 p.m. at the campus at 80 High School Lane, and parking passes are $25 each but walk-in admission is free. Parking passes are on sale at the First Selectman’s Office between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at Darien Town Hall, 2 Renshaw Road, through July 2. The rain date is Sunday, July 5.

The Darien Town Band is to perform at 7:30 p.m.

“We anticipate a big crowd at Darien High school and hope everyone will come early with their picnic dinner or buy dinner from the wonderful vendors we have coming,” said Selectwoman Susan Marks, a member of the Darien Fireworks Committee which organizes the event. “We truly appreciate all of the merchants that financially support the show to go on.”

The event will also include concession sales from local restaurants, including Bodega, Uncle’s Deli, Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream, LobsterCraft, Gopher Ice Cream, Non-Stop Donut, Meatball & Co., and Meltmobile.

Merchants and local companies continue to be the main sponsors of the event since 2011 when the fireworks were re-established after being discontinued for several years during the renovation of Darien High School, said David Genovese, president of Baywater Properties, one of the lead sponsors.

This year the town is contributing to the event by covering the cost of the 34 police officers who will direct traffic, checking passes, and enforcing parking restrictions in adjacent neighborhoods, Genovese said.

“The event has grown in popularity and is now one of the best attended town-wide events and it is free,” Genovese said.

All parking at the high school lot will be with the pre-paid $25 permit, according to police, who are warning residents that handicapped permits will be checked due to the limited number of handicapped spaces available on campus.

All traffic to the event will enter the school campus from Noroton Avenue, and many vehicles will be parked facing away from the high school to enable a speedier exit after the event, according to police.

Police are directing non-permit holders who wish to park for free to lots at Middlesex Middle School, 204 Hollow Tree Ridge Road, and McGuane Field of West Elm Street and Edgerton Street.

The following parking restrictions will be in place for the event:

No parking on Noroton Avenue.

Parking on the public portion of Holly Lane will be limited to the south side of the road facing Middlesex Road.

For more information on the fireworks visit Darien’s home page at