Always ahead of the curve, Westport celebrated the 4th of July with early fireworks last night.
It was a Friday. The sky was deep blue; the temperature was perfect. The sunset was gorgeous.
This is why we live in Westport.
The calm before the storm. Except there was no storm -- only gorgeous weather and festive crowds.
Okay, it wasn't all perfect. There was plenty of "saving spots" -- despite regulations against the practice.
Parks and Rec director Stuart McCarthy earned his pay, collecting tickets at the entrance to Compo. Most drivers -- like this one -- were in a festive mood. Some had attitudes. Westport has its share of Very Special People.
The light and colors were fantastic yesterday. This is my iPhone camera; imagine what a real photographer could have captured.
Compo Beach was like an Arab souk yesterday. Everything 4th of July-related was for sale -- with proceeds going to the PAL.
Back in the day, a 4th of July picnic meant sandwiches in a hamper. Now everyone feasts on international cuisine. Hot dogs, anyone?
Ned Batlin and Serenety Dobson -- 2 of the many police officers, EMTs and other personnel keeping the crowds safe.
Soundview Drive is one place to be for the fireworks. The woman on the balcony is conducting a fife and drum corps, which entertained along the closed-to-traffic road.
Old-time Westporters -- and a young police officer -- enjoy the evening.
A sparkler, a glowing necklace, a beach and fireworks -- it doesn't get any better for a kid.
Special treat: For The Heart — Westport’s great group of young, community-minded singers — gave a great concert by the cannons. Click the video below to watch them perform “Life is a Highway.”