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Sunday, March 25 News

Stormy forecast postpones Fairfield fireworks till Saturday

With rain and possible thunderstorms in the forecast for Friday, the July 4th fireworks show over the town's shoreline has been postponed a day until Saturday.

Officials decided to push the pyrotechnical display back as a safety precaution.

The sky show will now begin at dusk Saturday, approximately 9:15 p.m.

Meanwhile, police have posted a set of rules and regulations for parking and traffic at the event.

Parking at Jennings and Penfield beaches and the Ash Creek open space off South Benson Road for vehicles without beach stickers will be limited to a maximum of 300 cars at Jennings, 100 cars at Penfield and 30 in the open space lot at the marina. The charge for cars without a sticker at all three locations will be $50, and only cash will be accepted.

Once that threshold of cars has been reached at those lots, no additional nonpermit vehicles will be allowed, according to police.

No fireworks of any kind, and that includes sparklers, are allowed on any of the town beaches or in the parking areas. Alcohol and portable grills are also not permitted in town parks and beaches, and police say they will strictly enforce those bans Saturday and the rest of the holiday weekend.

Streets in the beach area will be posted as "No Parking Tow Away" zones Saturday. Any vehicles parked in a tow zone after 5 p.m. that day will be towed at the owner's expense. Police said this rule is necessary to provide access to the beach area for fire apparatus and emergency vehicles and to facilitate the flow of the anticipated large traffic volume.

Streets to be posted are: Reef Road, Penfield Road, Lalley Boulevard, One Rod Highway, Edwards Street, South Benson Road and portions of Fairfield Beach Road.

Once the fireworks start, around 9:15 p.m., streets leading from the beach will be limited to one-way traffic to the Post Road. No traffic will be allowed to go south to the beach area until exiting traffic has cleared. In addition, Rowland Road will be closed to all traffic to allow emergency vehicle access.

At the end of the fireworks, vehicles leaving the beach will not be able to turn onto Old Post or Oldfield roads. Instead, all cars must drive through to the Post Road. Cars using Reef Road will be directed to turn west onto the Post Road, and those on South Benson Road will be able to turn right onto the Post Road or go straight onto North Benson Road. Cars using Beach or Unquowa roads will have to cross the Post Road.

The Fire Department also reminds the public that all fireworks, with the exception of sparklers or fountains, are illegal in Connecticut. That includes novelty items such as party poppers, snakes and smoke devices, as well as Japanese Kongming lanterns.