At $35 per vehicle, tickets for Westport’s Independence Day fireworks Friday night are selling fast, with only 450 of the 2,000 printed left, event planners say.
Compo Beach visitors watch an Independence Day fireworks display. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
And if any remain by Friday, latecomers will have to buy them at Police Headquarters since the Parks and Recreation Department will be closed for the long holiday weekend beginning Friday.
Before Friday, tickets for the Compo Beach show orchestrated by Fireworks by Grucci can be purchased via cash or check either at Police Headquarters, 50 Jesup Road, or at the Parks and Recreation offices in Longshore Club Park.
Once the tickets run out, a limited number of shuttle bus tickets will go on sale for the same price, said Dan DeVito, Parks and Recreation operations supervisor.
“We’re going to have three shuttle busses leaving very Longshore every 15 minutes starting at 6 p.m.,” DeVito said. “They can park at Longshore and take the bus down.”
He said it has not yet been determined how many shuttle bus tickets will be make available. Last year there were 100.
As in past years, the fireworks are being co-sponsored by Westport’s Police Athletic League (PAL) and Parks and Recreation and underwritten by Melissa & Doug, a Wilton-based educational toy company owned by Westporters Melissa and Doug Bernstein.
“Knock on wood, it’s supposed to be a nice night,” said Dan DeVito.
Last year, about 10,000 persons lined the sand of Compo Beach to watch the pyrotechnic displays launched from a barge a half-mile off shore.
DeVito said Friday’s numbers “might be a little down because Fairfield and Norwalk are having them on Friday, too.”
The first skyrocket will go up at 9:15 p.m., shortly after darkness fall, he said..
As in the past, Compo Beach will shut down at 4 p.m. the day of the fireworks, with non-ticket holders being asked to leave.
“If you have a fireworks ticket, stand by your car, and they will come around and pull your fireworks ticket,” DeVito said. The beach will reopen around 6 p.m.
“It’s supposed to be a nice evening, and I’m sure everyone is going to enjoy the fireworks like they do every year,” he added.
In the event of inclement weather, town officials urge ticket holders to call 203-341-5074 for postponement information. A rain date is set for Monday, July 6.