Independence Day Fireworks, Traffic Information

1004055_508150695904862_1885040656_nFairfield’s annual Independence Day Fireworks display will be held on Friday, July 3, 2015 (rain dates are Saturday, July 4 or Sunday, July 5th, 2015).

In the interest of public safety, the below listed streets will be posted with “No Parking/Tow-Away” signs on July 3, 2015. Any vehicles parked in the designated tow zone areas after 5:00 PM on July 3rd will be towed at the owner’s expense. This is a necessary action to provide an access to the beach area for fire apparatus and other emergency vehicles and to facilitate the movement of the anticipated large volume of traffic.

Streets to be posted as “No Parking/Tow-Away” zones:

  • Reef Road
  • Penfield Road
  • Lalley Blvd
  • Rowland Road
  • One Rod Highway
  • Edwards Street
  • South Benson Road
  • Portions of Fairfield Beach Road.

All streets in the beach area will be strictly enforced for parking violations and cars in violation will be towed at the owner’s expense.

At the start of the fireworks, approximately 9:15pm, streets leading from the beach area will be “one way” to the Post Road and NO TRAFFIC will be permitted to go south into the beach area until exiting traffic has cleared. (This time may vary slightly due to the starting time of the fireworks display. Typically the streets are closed 15 minutes after the start of the fireworks.) In addition, Rowland Road and Edward Street will be closed to all traffic to allow access for emergency vehicles if needed.

At the end of the fireworks no vehicles leaving the beach area will be able to turn onto Old Post or Old Field Roads. All vehicles must proceed to the Post Road. Cars using Reef Road will be directed to turn westbound (left) on Post Road. Vehicles on South Benson Road will be able to eastbound (right) onto Post Road or go straight onto North Benson Road. Cars using Beach Road or Unquowa Road will be directed across the Post Road and cannot turn onto Post Road in either direction. This is to reduce the cross traffic and make it safer for pedestrians and allow for quicker clearance of the beach area. It is recommended that cars wanting to travel west after the fireworks park at Penfield Beach. Cars wishing to travel east after the fireworks, should park at Jennings Beach.

No fireworks of any kind, including sparklers, are allowed on any of the beaches or parking areas. In addition, alcohol and portable grills are not permitted on Town parks or beaches. Police will be strictly monitoring the beach areas for violations.

The Park and Recreation Department is limiting the amount of non-permit vehicles to purchase day passes to park at the beaches. At Jennings Beach 300 non-permit vehicles will be allowed to park, at the Marina 30 non-permit cars will be allowed at the open space and at Penfield Beach 100 non-permit cars will be allowed. Once the threshold is reached, no additional non-permit vehicles will be allowed into the beach parking areas. There will be an increased police presence in the beach area during the day of the fireworks.

In the event the Fireworks are postponed to one of the rain dates, all of the aforementioned traffic information, including parking restrictions and road closures, will be in effect on that date.