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Saturday, July 04, 2015

Saturday,  July 4, 2015 - Independence Day

Westport Library closed.
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Howard Munce at 100: A Centennial Celebration”
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - River City Zlim & the Zydeco Hogs

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Friday, July 03, 2015

Fireworks: ‘The Largest Party in Westport’

By James Lomuscio

From rosettes to streamers to colorful explosions that included smiley faces and little green men, Westport’s annual fireworks display at Compo Beach tonight did not disappoint the estimated 10,000 persons who seemed to fill every square foot of sand. Image
A line of boats surrounded the fireworks barge off Compo Beach tonight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Leslie Schine for

The Fireworks by Grucci show launched from a barge a half-mile off shore was sponsored by Westport’s Police Athletic League (PAL) and the Parks and Recreation Department and underwritten by Melissa & Doug, the Wilton-based educational toy company owned by Westporters Melissa and Doug Bernstein.

And with Fairfield and Norwalk having shorefront fireworks the same night, some said they were hoping for a fireworks viewing trifecta.

“That would be great,” said Morgan Brodie, a Westport volunteer firefighter stationed with other first responders near the lifeguard building.

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Compo Fireworks Draws Thousands Image
A crowd estimated by police at 10,000 watched the annual Independence Day fireworks tonight at Westport’s Compo Beach. The weather was clear and in the upper 60s as pyrotechnics—for the first time—lit the skies during the singing of the national anthem at the line “and the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,”  and continued moments later for about 20 minutes. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Tony Riggio for

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Compo Fireworks Crowd Image
There were few spaces left to watch the Compo Beach fireworks tonight. The annual event went off in good weather courtesy of Westport PAL, the Parks and Recreation Department and sponsor Melissa & Doug toy company. The Fireworks by Grucci show was launched from a barge a half-mile off shore as dozens of boats anchored nearby created a ring of lights around it. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo

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All Eyes to the Sky Image
Fireworks watchers on Compo Beach and the offshore waters had a great spot to watch tonight’s Fireworks by Grucci show.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) David Dreyfuss for

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A Night to Celebrate

Scenes from tonight’s Compo Beach fireworks display.Dave Matlow, James Lomuscio, Douglas Healey and Tony Riggio for and contributed photos

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Sparklers were seen throughout the Compo Beach crowd tonight as they awaited the annual Independence Day fireworks display.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo

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Growing Crowds Image
As darkness fell tonight, the Compo Beach crowds grew even larger. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo

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Melissa & Doug Were in the Fireworks Crowd Image
Toy company owners Melissa and Doug Bernstein were in the Compo Beach crowd tonight and posed with Nate, 7, and Esther, 8, two of their six children. Melissa and Doug were the fireworks sponsor again this year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Entertaining the Fireworks Crowds Image
The Marching Cobras of New York and Sapphire Dancers entertained the Compo Beach crowds tonight before the annual Independence Day fireworks display. The White Plains, N.Y. based nonprofit was founded in 2009 to help at-risk kids from across New York City’s boroughs and Westchester beat bad influences by embracing music. They performed at Super Bowl 48 and appeared in the 2014 four-time Oscar-winning film “The Birdman.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Zipped Up About Westport Image
Cups bearing Westport’s zip code were a popular item among these Compo Beach visitors waiting for tonight’s fireworks.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Douglas Healey for

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Crowded Compo Hours Before Fireworks Image
Westport’s Compo Beach was crowded with visitors in early afternoon today hours ahead of the scheduled 9:15 Independence Day fireworks display. All 2,000 vehicle passes have been sold out for the event.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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South Beach Stake (Steak?) Out Image
Westport’s South Beach at Compo Beach had tables, grills, and spots staked out today hours ahead of the fireworks tonight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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An Early Fireworks Arrival Every Year Image
Westporter Rob Arnold was at Compo Beach at about 6 a.m. today to secure his picnic spot near the cannons— a ritual he says he and his wife Sherlyn Celone-Arnold have done every Compo fireworks day of their 11-year marriage. “We expect over 35 friends and family members to join us later in the day,” he said. “Sherlyn buys about 15 fireworks parking tickets and hands them out. The number of tickets she buys seems to get progressively larger each year.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE)

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Another Westport Icon Added to Fence Image
Westport artist Tammy Winser shows off her drawing of the Compo Beach cannons added today to the Bedford Square development fence surrounding the downtown project.. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for

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