Fireworks, Town Hall ceremony on tap for 4th of July weekend

Photo by John Ferris Robben

Photo by John Ferris Robben

It doesn’t take much to get Greenwich in the patriotic spirit and this July 4 weekend the town will celebrate Independence Day in style.

On Friday, July 4, at 9 a.m., the town will mark the holiday with its annual ceremony on the front steps of Town Hall. Led by Bea Crumbine, the town’s goodwill ambassador, as well as a team of dedicated volunteers, the ceremony will feature the raising of the original American flag, a parade of Greenwich Boy Scouts displaying the flags of the 13 colonies, and a tribute to town residents who are descendants of founding families. There will also be a tribute to World War I on the 100th anniversary of the war.

Patriots from Greenwich who lost their lives in the Revolutionary War will also be honored and there will be a special presentation of Good Citizen awards to Greenwich kids from the public and private schools. After the ceremony there will be refreshments inside Town Hall.

But that will only be the start of the fun this weekend as fireworks are set for Saturday, July 5, at both Greenwich Point and Binney Park. Both shows will begin at dusk and the town said it was “strongly recommended” that anyone planning to attend either display arrive early due to the traffic.

The town also issued a reminder that the rules for Greenwich Point access will be the same as usual on the day of the fireworks. Greenwich Point will be closed when the maximum number of cars for the available parking spaces has been achieved and it will be closed to vehicular traffic at 8:30 p.m. even if the parking capacity has not been reached.

People are urged to cooperate with the police to ensure a good time for everyone. Tailgating is not permitted in Greenwich Point’s parking lots during and after the display and cooking is only allowed in regularly designated picnic areas and at town-owned grills.

Glassware is not permitted on or within 200 feet of the beach and swimming will not be allowed after sunset. Dogs are not allowed in Greenwich Point Park. Greenwich Point will be closed immediately following the conclusion of the display. Spectators are urged to car pool, plan ahead and be patient.

“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,” according to a town press release. “These measures will include a managed parking and traffic flow plan, assistance from Greenwich Medical Services with medical coverage, and portable lighting at strategic locations around Greenwich Point.”

Spectators are urged to bring flashlights, and leaving the Point on bicycles is not advisable, especially for children.

There will be additional entertainment provided that night at Greenwich Point as people will be entertained by a disc jockey stationed near the South Concession area starting at 7 p.m. 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 and 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 views of the fireworks, and spectators are encouraged to get in their boats and see the show from Long Island Sound.

The Binney Park display will feature the Sound Beach Community Band, which will begin performing at 7:30 p.m. 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. Information sheets on the Greenwich Point display are available at the Greenwich Point ticket booth.

A rain date of Sunday, July 6, has been set in case of bad weather.

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