New Mini Triathlon kicks off Weston 4th of July

" title=Fireworks and festivities return to Weston on Thursday, July 4, as part of the town’s traditional Independence Day celebration. New to the town’s July 4 lineup this year is a Mini Triathlon for kids and adult beginners.

The Mini Triathlon starts at 8 a.m. and runs until 11. The seven- to 10-year-olds will begin at the Weston Middle School pool, swimming 100 yards, followed by biking three miles and running a half a mile.

Anyone 11 and older will swim 200 yards, bike six miles and run one mile.

The four- to six-year-olds will go last and will bike one mile and run 100 yards.

Registration is $15 for four- to six-year-olds, $40 for seven- to 10-year-olds, and $50 for anyone 11 and older. All entrants will receive a T-shirt. There will be prizes awarded to the winners.

To register and for more information, visit Registration is available on race day, but it is advised to register beforehand.

Other 4th of Juy events, which are sponsored by the Parks and Recreation Department, include:

  • Swimming at Bisceglie Park for residents and guests will be offered from 11:30 to 6.
  • Gates open on School Road at 4:30 for a $5 admission fee. There is no charge for children under four years of age.
  • A barbeque catered by Calise’s Food Market will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. with food and drink available for purchase.
  • At 6:15, the Westport Community Band will perform along with the Magic Genie.
  • At 7:30, the Straight Note Chasers perform and will return at 10, after the fireworks display.
  • The day of festivities will culminate with a fireworks display with the help of a $5,000 donation by Fairfield County Bank, at 9:20.

The rain date for food and fireworks only will be Friday, July 5.

Also to note, the Democratic Town Committee will be selling ice cream while the Republican Town Committee will hold a bake sale to raise funds for the football and cheerleading programs.

And, a collection bin for worn American flags will be in front of the middle school on July 4. The flags are being collected by Alex Gulino for his Eagle Scout project with Weston Boy Scout Troop 788.

Lastly, “Premier Parking” for the lot across from the Weston Middle School field is being offered for $20. Only 35 spaces are available — make reservations at the Parks and Recreation office ahead of time.

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