You won’t see flags — or anything else red, white and blue — at this year’s fireworks. Westport’s show — along with 80% of similar celebrations around the nation — was canceled, due to COVID.
But Westport PAL — organizer of the annual event — teamed up with Westport’s Parks & Recreation Department, their longtime partner, to sponsor our 1st-ever “4th of July House Decorating Contest.”
Residents were encouraged to decorate the side of their house most visible from the street, showing off the themes of “patriotism” and “America.”
29 families took up the challenge. After intense judging, the winners were announced this afternoon.
1st place goes to Allen Levy and Autumn Waggoner of 19 Fillow Street. Of special note: All decorations were made in America, using recycled items. Their prize: 2 tickets to next year’s fireworks.
The silver medal goes to Michael, Victoria and Giuliana Mirabelli of 1 Quintard Place, off South Maple. They receive 2 free rounds of golf at Longshore.
Placing 3rd were Nikki, Zoe, Nickolas and Christina Glekas of 20 Bridge Street. They were rewarded with a $50 gift card to Saugatuck Sweets.
First honorable mention went to the Benson family of 17 Buena Vista Drive. One of their flags was from a World War II general.
Second honorable mention went to the Sylvester family of 7 Jonathan Lane, off Treadwell.
Congratulations to all. And special thanks to Max Robbins of Parks & Rec, who made it all happen.
(Hat tip: Andrew Colabella)