The Westport Parks and Recreation Department said today it anticipates a large crowd for the July 2 fireworks display sponsored by Westport PAL and asked all guests to show consideration for other beachgoers.

Parks and Recreation Director Stuart McCarthy reminds patrons that while they are welcome and encouraged to come early, they are asked not to attempt to reserve areas of the public beach.

"In the past few years we have seen an increase in residents cordoning off sections of the beach in anticipation of guest arriving later in the day," said McCarthy. "The Parks and Recreation Commission has asked that staff discourage this activity as both inconsiderate of fellow beachgoers and inconsistent with beach regulations."

Parks and Recreation Department staff will be active on the beach reminding residents to show consideration, McCarthy said.

Compo Beach will be closed at 4 p.m. on Friday to all but fireworks ticket holders. The beach entrance will close at 4 p.m. and reopen as soon as non-ticket holders are cleared from the parking areas.

Entrance is anticipated to be closed up to one hour and cars will not be permitted to wait on Compo Beach Road during this period. Dan DeVito, Parks and Recreation operations supervisor, suggests fireworks ticket holders avoid delays by being in the beach prior to 4 p.m. or plan to arrive after 5 p.m.

Tickets are now on sale at the police station and the Parks & Recreation Office. Tickers are limited and are on sale for $30 per carload, once they are all sold shuttle passes will be available for sale.