NORWALK, Conn. Are you ready for some fireworks? You have your choice of two events in town.
The Rowayton Civic Association will light up the sky off Bayley Beach on Saturday night for a half-hour, beginning at 9:15 p.m. The best vantage points will be from the mouth of Five Mile River to Rocky Point, including Bayley Beach and the shoreline clubs, according to the association's website .
One problem: There is less parking at the beach this year, because parking is no longer allowed on the baseball field. All overflow parking will be at Rowayton School. As you enter Bayley Beach, there will be a drop-off lane at the guard shack. You can drop off your passengers, coolers and other goods and then proceed to park at Rowayton School.
Street parking is not allowed in the vicinity of Bayley Beach. Cars parked illegally will be towed to the lower lot of the Rowayton Community Center. Owners will be fined $50 plus towing costs, payable at 11 p.m. Afterward, cars will be towed.
Vehicles with a Bayley Beach sticker will be admitted; anyone else will pay $20. The parking lot is expected to fill up early. The Sixth Taxing District will also charge "out of towners" who walk into the beach, so residents must bring their beach walk-in passes.
Norwalk's fireworks will go off at dusk Sunday at Calf Pasture Beach. Rain date is July 5. Entertainment begins at 5:30 p.m. with "The Amazing Andy Show" for the kids. At 6 p.m., Beau Badrick presents pop rock. Big Shot, the "ultimate Billy Joel tribute band," takes over at 8 p.m. and will perform before and after the fireworks.
DJ Nuzzo will handle entertainment chores on Shady Beach with Dance to the Music.
Officer Carlton Giles said there is plenty of parking available at Calf Pasture. But after the fireworks, everyone wants to leave at once. "Getting out can ruin the whole party," he said. "Pack a lunch to have after the fireworks." He recommended Chianti, crackers and Brie. And don't forget, Big Shot will still be playing.
What's your favorite vantage point for fireworks?
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