WESTPORT, Conn. -- If you're heading out Wednesday night to enjoy the fireworks over Westport’s Compo Beach, the Westport Police Department is offering a few tips to deal with the traffic, parking and crowds.
The event will bring heavy vehicle and pedestrian traffic to the area south of Greens Farms Road between South Compo Road and Hillspoint Road. Spectators should arrive early as traffic delays are inevitable. The beach should reopen to ticket holders by 5 p.m., with the determination made by Parks and Recreation staff.
Pedestrians attending the fireworks are reminded to not to walk on the roads and to use the sidewalks when going to and from Compo Beach. Wear bright clothing, and parents must keep an eye on small children at all times.
For ticket holders, access to the PAL Fireworks display will be made through South Compo Road only. Hillspoint Road south of Greens Farms Road will be open to residents with residences south of that intersection.
Firework attendees should display the ticket prominently on the dashboard where it can be seen when entering Compo Beach.
For those who do not have tickets, vehicles will not be able to go farther than the Minuteman statue.
Shuttle buses will run from Longshore Park by the Marina to Compo Beach.
Just before the end of the fireworks display, two-way traffic will be suspended on Compo Beach Road, 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 will encounter delays for about an hour or until traffic has cleared from the Compo Beach area. Residents who are planning to pick up others in the beach area should also plan on delays.
Motorists are urged to be cautious before and after the event because of the heavy vehicular and pedestrian traffic in the Compo Beach. See the map above for available routes or check the town website .
Also, routes below are subject to change. Drives should allow sufficient time for traffic and parking.
The fireworks won't begin until after dark. But in the hours leading up to the show, thousands of Westporters will gather on the beach to enjoy food, fun and entertainment. The Connecticut Alumni Band and the Music Theatre of Connecticut are scheduled to perform.
In the event of rain, the fireworks will be held July 5.
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