Early Risers Hit the Beach for July 4th

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    Beaches fill on this Fourth of July holiday.

    The heat index for this Fourth of July Holiday is about 100 degrees and many, many people across the state have decided to spend the day by the water.

    Early risers headed to several other parks and beaches and they have already reached capacity.

    Hundreds Line Up Early for Hammonasset State Park

    [HAR] Hundreds Line Up Early for Hammonasset State Park

    Beachgoers started waiting in line as early as 6 a.m. for a prime spot on the beach at Hammonasset State Park in Madison. (Published Thursday, July 4, 2013)

    Squantz Pond State Park reached parking capacity as of 8:45 a.m. and is closed.

    It was not long after that when Rocky Neck State Park filled.

    Wadsworth Falls State Park is closed after reaching parking capacity, and Indian Well State Park and Kent Falls State Park, Burr Pond, Gardner Lake and Mount Tom State Park are too.

    Not all of the beaches are full, but be prepared for long waits.

    By 7 a.m., there was already a line to get in at Hammonasset Beach in Madison.

    As of 10 a.m., the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection was warning of long lines for Sherwood Island.

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