FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Fairfield's Independence Day fireworks show will blast off on Sunday, July 2, with a rain date of July 3 if necessary.
The fireworks will start just after dark, usually around 9:15 p.m. They will be fired from a barge off of Long Island Sound, so the show can be easily seen from either Penfield or Jennings Beaches.
Beach parking lots can be accessed either with a Season Beach Pass or by purchasing a Daily Pass for $50 per vehicle. Passes are available for cash only. The Parks and Recreation Department is limiting the number of non-permit vehicles that will be allowed to purchase day passes to park at the beach.
At Jennings Beach, 350 non-permit vehicles will be allowed to park, at the Marine 30 non-permit cars will be allowed at the open space, and at Penfield Beach 50 non-permit cars will be allowed. A daily parking fee will also be charged to park at Ash Creek Parking Lot. Officials warn that lots will fill, so attendees should plan on getting there early.
Once the threshold is reached, no additional non-permit cars will be allowed into beach parking areas. There will be an increased police presences in the beach areas during the day.
Several streets will be posted with "No Parking Tow-Away" signs on Sunday, and any cars parked in the designated areas after 5 p.m. will be towed. The streets that will be closed are:
- Reef Road
- Penfield Road
- Lalley Boulevard
- Rowland Road
- One Rod Highway
- Edwards Street
- South Benson Road
- Portions of Fairfield Beach Road.
Once the fireworks start, streets leading from the beach area will be "one way" to the Post Road, and no traffic will be permitted to go south into the beach area until exiting traffic has cleared. Rowland Road and Edward Street will be closed to all traffic to allow access for emergency vehicles if needed.
At the end of the fireworks, no cars leaving the beach area will be able to turn onto Old Post or Old Field Roads. All vehicles must proceed to the Post Road. Cars using Reef Road will be directed to turn westbound onto Post Road. Vehicles on South Benson Road will be able to turn eastbound onto Post Road, or go straight onto North Benson Road. Cars using Beach Road or Unquowa Road will be directed across the Post Road and cannot turn onto Post Road in either direction.
It is recommended that cars wanting to travel west after the fireworks use Penfield Beach. Cars wishing to travel east after the fireworks should park at Jennings Beach.
No fireworks of any kind, including sparklers, are allowed on any beaches or parking areas. Alcohol and portable grills are also not permitted on town parks or beaches. Police will be be monitoring the beach area strictly for violations.
In the case of inclement weather, call (203) 256-3144.
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