Have a blast at Thursday’s fireworks over Compo Beach … and follow the advisory on parking and traffic patterns to and from the beach.

WESTPORT — Expectations are high for Thursday’s fireworks salute to the Fourth of July holiday at Compo Beach, but police have issued a set of parking and traffic guidelines to ensure the booms are in the sky and not on the road.

The event, benefiting the Westport Police Athletic League, will take place at dusk (about 9 p.m.) Thursday, June 29, over the Compo waterfront. 

The weather forecast for Thursday evening is generally positive, although the National Weather Service outlook as of Monday indicates there is a 30 percent chance of showers and/or thunderstorms.

Rain date for the fireworks is Friday.

Police, in a traffic advisory issued Monday, describe the fireworks display as “the largest annual Westport event featuring heavy vehicular and pedestrian traffic.”

Vehicle and pedestrian traffic to and from the event will have an impact on roads south of Greens Farms Road, between Compo Road South and Hillspoint Road, police said in advising spectators to arrive at the beach early to avoid delays.

Pre-show guidelines

Daytime visitors to Compo Beach, who do not have fireworks tickets, must move their vehicles from the parking lots by 4 p.m.

Only those vehicles with fireworks passes displayed from their rearview mirrors will be allowed to remain. Others will be ticketed or towed.

The parking area is expected to reopen at approximately 5 p.m. for ticketed spectators.

For ticket holders

Access to the beach will be via Compo Road South only. Hillspoint Road, south of Greens Farms Road, will be open only to residents who live south of that intersection.

Attendees should display tickets prominently in their vehicles so they can be seen clearly. 

All ticket holders must be at Compo Beach by 9 p.m. No vehicular traffic will be allowed south of the Minute Man statue after that time.

For those without tickets

Vehicles without a ticket will not be allowed to travel any closer to Compo Beach than the Minute Man statue.

People traveling to the beach via Uber, Lyft or taxi will be directed straight past the Minute Man statue on Compo Road South. From there, they will have to walk from Compo Road South and Soundview Drive to the beach. 

Return rides via Uber, etc., will not be allowed until after 11 p.m. because of one-way traffic leaving the beach area.

After the fireworks

Just before the display ends, two-way traffic will be suspended on Compo Beach Road and Compo Road South to the intersection of Greens Farms Road. Two lanes of northbound traffic on those streets will be enforced until the beach is cleared.

Police urge drivers in the Compo Beach area to exercise caution before and after the fireworks Thursday since congestion is anticipated from heavy vehicular and pedestrian traffic.