By Leslie Yager
The Town fireworks shows, presented by Parks & Rec, are set for Saturday July 5 (raindate Sunday, July 6).
Both shows have been extended five minutes this year, thanks to donations of townspeople and the Police Silver Shield Association. Thank you!
- The fireworks at Greenwich Point will start at 9:35pm.
- Binney Park fireworks will begin at 9:10pm.
Normal rules for Greenwich Point access will be in effect the day of the fireworks.
Greenwich Point will be closed at 8:30pm or when the maximum number of cars for the available parking spaces has been achieved.
Cars will not be permitted in or near Greenwich Point. This means you will not be able to drop off or pick up passengers before or after the event.
Cooperation with the Police will be needed.
Tailgating will not be permitted in Greenwich Point’s Parking Lots during and after the display. Cooking is allowed only in regularly designated picnic areas and at Town owned grills. Glassware is not permitted on or within 200 feet of the beach.
Swimming will not be allowed after sunset.
Dogs are not allowed in Greenwich Point Park. (Dogs should be kept away from fireworks).
Greenwich Point will be closed immediately following the conclusion of the display. As always, spectators are urged to car pool, plan ahead and be patient.
A police command post will be set up near the main entrance gate. There will be an area for lost parents/children located at the GEMS field service unit (near the South Concession Stand).
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Measures will again be taken by Town Safety personnel to provide expert medical coverage, a comfortable environment, and safe and efficient exit from Greenwich Point after the fireworks. These measures will include: a managed parking and traffic flow plan, assistance from GEMS with medical coverage, and portable lighting at strategic locations around Greenwich Point.
Spectators are urged to bring a flashlight.
Leaving the Point on bicycles is not advisable, especially for children.
Spectators at Greenwich Point will be entertained by a disc jockey stationed near the South Concession area starting at 7:00 pm.
The fireworks display will be fired from the corner of Greenwich Point (Bluff Point), well beyond the South Concession Stand. A limited area of the Point will be restricted from public use on the day of the fireworks. This restriction will be enforced. People interested in walking the Point on the day of the show will be required to take a detour around the Bluff Point Area of the Park, and this detour will take them up to Founder’s Rock. There will be many areas at Greenwich Point, including the main beach, which will offer exciting views of the dazzling colors that fill the sky. Spectators in boats will enjoy great views from Long Island Sound around the Point.
The Binney Park display will feature the Sound Beach Community Band. They will begin performing at 7:30 pm. They will be located on the Showmobile and this year in the area of Binney Park near the flag pole by Sound Beach Avenue. In addition, grills, cooking and open fires will be prohibited in Binney Park.
Police will be available to assist with traffic and pedestrians. Wesskum Wood Road will be closed to traffic by Police by early evening. Handicapped Parking will be available on Binney Park Drive near the tennis courts. Vehicles with appropriate permits must notify the on duty police for assistance.
No open flame candles, sparklers, Chinese Fire Lanterns, or any other kind of fireworks will be permitted at either location. Pets should never be brought to any fireworks display.