Guide to Memorial Day Weekend Events in Darien


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Little Darlings, it may have been a long, cold, lonely winter, but believe it or not summer kicks off with Memorial Day next weekend!

Darien residents–if you’re planning to hit the beach, make sure you have your beach stickers as gatehouses at both Weed and Pear Tree Point will be staffed. Last year’s stickers are still good this weekend and through the end of May, but if you’re new to town or have a new car,  click here to learn all there is to know about beach stickers!

There’s lots going on both in Darien and Rowayton, but here are some of our favorite ideas:

Saturday, May 23rd

  • Down on the Farm at the Darien Nature Center–This fun-filled, annual event includes the music of the Bossy Frog Band, pony rides and barnyard animals, and there will be inflatables and a variety of tractors and trucks for the children to explore.  $10 per child; $5 per adult.
  • Whole Foods Storewide Tasting — Wander through the store between 2pm and 4pm and sample the Darien team’s summer favorites.

Sunday, May 24th

  • Memorial Day Parade in Rowayton–This parade kicks off from the Rowayton Community Center at noon on Sunday, May 24th. Pick your favorite spot along Rowayton Avenue or McKinley Street and cheer for our veterans, Brien McMahon and Roton School marching bands, volunteer firefighters, Little Leaguers, Scouts and all the many other enthusiastic marchers (even four-footed ones!).
  • Rowayton Arts Center Art Show–This family friendly event is held in Pinkney Park. This year, there will be musical entertainment for kids from 1 to 3 pm, and all kids who participate will recieve free ice cream!

Monday, May 25th

  • Darien Memorial Day ParadeThe Parade kicks off at 10 am, in Goodwives Shopping Center and then heads up Brookside Road and down the Post Road, where it ends at Hecker Avenue. If you have a child participating in the parade, remember that there’s no parade parking in Goodwives. You’ll need to park at the YWCA, the Darien Historical Society, the First Congregational Church, or the Mechanic Street lot behind the Darien Fire Station, and then walk him/her over.
  • Memorial Day Parade Advisory from the Darien Police Department — The Town of Darien Memorial Day Parade will be held on Monday, May 25, 2015.  Traffic detours and restrictions will be in effect at some locations beginning at 8 a.m.  The Darien Police Department will be deploying additional assets to the parade.  As a safety precaution, spectators are asked to avoid bringing backpacks or large bags to the event. The parade will step off from Goodwives Shopping Center on Old Kings Highway North at 10 a.m., proceeding up Brookside Road and turning left onto Post road. The parade will proceed westbound on Post Road and end in the area of Spring Grove Cemetery.  In order to provide a safe environment and to accommodate parade participants and spectators, Darien Police advise the following:
    • There will be no on-street parking on Sedgwick Avenue, Mechanic Street or Old Kings Highway North near the entrance to Goodwives Shopping Center.
    • The Brookside Road and Old Kings Highway North approaches to Goodwives Shopping Center will be closed to all vehicular traffic at 8 a.m.
    • All vehicles participating in the parade shall enter Goodwives Shopping Center via Sedgwick Avenue or Mechanic Street.
    • Persons dropping off parade participants shall use Sedgwick Avenue or Mechanic Street.
    • No vehicles will be allowed to travel on Post Road from Interstate-95 entrance 13 westbound to Old Kings Highway South during the parade.
    • Old Kings Highway South from Goodwives River Road to Post Road will be posted a “no parking” area.
    • Spectators are reminded to remain on sidewalks, curbsides, or as close as practical to the roadway edge throughout the duration of the parade.  This is necessary to ensure the safety of viewers and marchers alike.
    • Motorists are advised to avoid the downtown area during the parade. A large contingent of Darien police officers will be assigned to traffic posts before and during the parade.
    • The enforcement of train station vouchers and parking permits will NOT be in effect on Memorial Day.

    At the Spring Grove Veterans’ Cemetery, upon conclusion of the parade, a ceremony will be performed featuring Darien native and former Naval flight officer and mission cammander Christopher Pintauro.

  • Also after the parade, head over to Tilley Pond Park for Post 53‘s Annual Food Fair. The fair continues ffrom the end of the parade until 3 pm and features fun for the entire community. For a $10 admission fee, you’ll gain access to a day of family fun that includes a silent auction, an herb and flower market, a CPR tent where you can learn how to save a life doing hands-only CPR in just five minutes, a family fun zone, and more. And don’t forget to bring your appetite–the pulled pork sandwiches are not to be missed!

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