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Rocky Neck State Park at full capacity; Ocean Beach parking lot closed

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Ocean Beach in New London employees are reporting that the parking lot is closed on Friday.(WFSB I-Cam) Ocean Beach in New London employees are reporting that the parking lot is closed on Friday.(WFSB I-Cam)
Rocky Neck State Park in East Lyme  reached full capacity on Friday (WFSB file photo) Rocky Neck State Park in East Lyme reached full capacity on Friday (WFSB file photo)
OLD LYME, CT (WFSB) -

State officials are reporting that Rocky Neck State Park in East Lyme has reached full capacity while Ocean Beach employees are reporting that the parking lot was closed on Friday. 

The closure at Rocky Neck State Park in East Lyme was reported just after 12:30 p.m. 

People are being advised to park on roads surrounding Ocean Beach in New London and then use the pedestrian gate on Park Street to enter the park. 

Some people spent Friday afternoon grilling in the picnic area at Rocky Neck State Park. Others were just relaxing and enjoying what Mother Nature had to offer. 

Meanwhile on the beach, Eyewitness News saw quite a few umbrellas as some were trying to find some refuge from the sun while others decided to use the warm weather to try and get a tan. 

Eyewitness News spoke to a few people that said the water was slightly cold while others said it was the perfect temperature.  Either way, many said they were just happy Mother Nature was finally giving us some pretty warm weather on the beach.

“There's a lot of people just lying there, but then there's a lot of kids in the water,” said beach goer Keyla Ortiz.

“It's beautiful,” beach goer Zandra Rivera said. “I'm not complaining about the weather and I'm not complaining about the crowd. Not complaining about anything. I'm out in the sun.”

AAA officials said they expect to see 2.1 million New Englanders on the road this holiday weekend. That's about 300,000 more drivers than last year.

One of the primary reasons for more people traveling is cheaper gas, according to AAA officials. Right now, the average for Connecticut is only $2.93 that's more than a buck cheaper than last year. That could explain why there was so much traffic earlier on Friday at Connecticut state parks. 

If you are celebrating the Fourth of July, Eyewitness News would love to see your pictures or videos. People are advised to post them to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the # 4thon3 and Eyewitness News may just use them on air. 

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