WESTPORT, Conn. Fireworks are set to fill the sky over Compo Beach on Friday night during the annual Fourth of July fireworks display organized by the Westport Police Athletic League.
Parks and Recreation Director Stuart McCarthy, anticipating thousands of spectators, is urging people to arrive at Compo Beach early. However, he said people should not try to reserve parts of the beach.
"In the past few years we have seen an increase in residents cordoning off sections of the beach in anticipation of guests arriving later in the day," McCarthy said in a statement. "The Parks and Recreation Commission has asked that staff discourage this activity as both inconsiderate of fellow beachgoers and inconsistent with beach regulations." Staff members will be on hand to remind residents to show consideration for others, he said.
On Friday, the entrance of Compo Beach will close at 4 p.m. and the parking areas will be cleared of visitors who don't have tickets for the fireworks. This process may take up to an hour. Cars will not be allowed to wait on Compo Beach Road during this period.
Parks and Recreation Operations Supervisor Dan DeVito recommends ticket holders arrive at the beach parking areas before 4 p.m. or after 5 p.m., when the entrance is expected to reopen. Cars will be able to access Compo Beach only from Compo Road South. Hillspoint Road south of Greens Farms Road will be open to residents who live south of that intersection.
Fireworks ticket holders should display their tickets prominently on the dashboard so it can easily be seen. Cars will be checked for tickets at the Minuteman statue.
For those without tickets, shuttle buses will run from Longshore Club Park to Compo Beach. The shuttle pickup at Longshore will be by the marina.
After the fireworks, two-way traffic on Compo Beach Road, Compo Road South to Greens Farms Road, and Hillspoint Road to Greens Farms Road will be closed. Instead, there will be two lanes of northbound traffic until the beach is cleared.
The Westport Police Department reminds drivers to use extreme caution because there will be a large amount of vehicular and pedestrian traffic in the areas surrounding Compo Beach before and after the fireworks. Likewise, pedestrians are reminded not to walk on the roads but to use the sidewalks when going to and from Compo Beach.
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