Last Blast at Main Beach

For those out there sulking at the recent lack of fireworks, a silver lining is in sight. At 8:30 p.m. on Saturday the East Hampton Fire Department will send summer out with a bang.

The department’s annual fireworks display at Main Beach will begin at dusk. Picnickers will have a good portion of the beach to themselves as vehicles will be prohibited from Egypt Beach to Georgica Beach. Those with town beach driving permits will be allowed to drive on at Two Mile Hollow and Wiborg’s Beach.

While the fireworks are free, volunteers affiliated with the Fire Department will be roaming the beach collecting donations to offset the cost of the show and support the department’s good works.

The fireworks used to be held at Main Beach for Independence Day, but have been moved indefinitely to Labor Day weekend to protect the endangered piping plovers, which nest close to the fireworks site. By the end of summer, their chicks have left the nests and restrictions on fireworks in the area are no longer in effect. Although weather reports yesterday called for a clear Saturday, in case of rain the fireworks will be on Sunday.