WESTPORT. Conn. – The annual Westport PAL fireworks display is set for Thursday at 9 p.m. with a rain date of Friday, if necessary.
Large crowds attend the event at Compo Beach, causing heavy vehicular and pedestrian traffic on all roads south of Greens Farms Road between South Compo Road and Hillspoint Road.
Spectators are advised to arrive early, because traffic delays are inevitable. The beach should reopen to ticket holders by 5 p.m., however, this determination will be made by Westport Parks and Recreation staff.
Pedestrians attending the fireworks are reminded not to walk on the roads and to use sidewalks when going to and from Compo Beach. Pedestrians should wear bright clothing, and parents are reminded to keep an eye on small children at all times.
For ticket holders:
- Access to the PAL fireworks display will be through South Compo Road only. Hillspoint Road south of Greens Farms Road will be open to residents with residences south of that intersection.
- Fireworks attendees should display tickets prominently on the dashboard so that it can be seen clearly when traveling to the event.
For those who do not have tickets:
- Vehicles without a ticket will not be able to go farther than the Minuteman statue.
- Shuttle buses will run from Longshore Park by the marina to Compo Beach.
Important notice for post-fireworks traffic:
Just before the end of the fireworks, two-way traffic will be suspended on Compo Beach Road and South Compo Road to the intersection of Greens Farms Road.
There will be two lanes of northbound traffic on these streets until the beach is cleared. Residents of this area will encounter delays in getting to their homes for about an hour or until traffic has cleared from the Compo Beach area and should plan accordingly. Residents who are planning on picking up family members in the beach area should also plan for delays.
Motorists are reminded that there will be a large amount of traffic in the Compo Beach area before and after the event and are asked to please be cautious when driving these roads.