It’s only 8:30 a.m.
But much of the prime Compo Beach real estate has already been claimed for tonight’s 30th of June fireworks.
Hundreds of chairs and dozens of tents fill the sand, from jetty to jetty. A large towel is draped across the Soundview Avenue seawall, near a particularly enormous circle of empty chairs.
There’s no report from South Beach, but I’m sure most of the picnic tables’ “Tables May Not Be Reserved” signs are covered up.
Some folks play nice — staying with their stakeouts. (Okay, maybe they’re just protecting them.)
Others will return in a few hours.
Perfect weather, plus the return of Westport’s Best Party Ever after 2 COVID years, ensure that tonight’s crowd will be huge.
Remember: The beach closes at 4 p.m. Only vehicles with fireworks passes can remain. No one can enter Compo again until all passes have been checked — predicted to be around 5 p.m.
See you there!