By the July 4 holiday, Fairfield Recreation Director Gerald Lombardo expects to be relaxing on the new, expanded deck at the Penfield Pavilion, listening to music and waiting for the annual Independence Day fireworks show.

"It's coming along," Lombardo told the Parks and Recreation Commission last week.

"Everything will be ready by July 1st for the outside -- the lighting, the bathrooms and the deck. I'm not sure about the concession stand."

Lombardo said he's not as concerned about getting the inside of the waterfront structure completed by then, the second-phase of a multi-year renovation project.

"I'd like to have the electrical for the deck done so I can have the band there on the Fourth of July," he said.

He said Department of Public Works crews and the contractor have been working hard to make up for time lost because of the harsh winter's heavy snows.

"It looks great," commission member Robert Seirup said of the Penfield renovations so far.

Chairman Ellery Plotkin asked Lombardo to arrange a tour for commission member before the holiday.

The inspection has been tentatively scheduled for 6 p.m. June 29.

"I think the community will be very pleased," Lombardo said.

"I think once people see it, it will rent like hot cakes."

With the new design, the pavilion's main hall can be closed off when rented for a private function, but the public on the beach can still access the bathrooms and lockers.

The town is spending $3.2 million to renovate this phase of Penfield Pavilion.

The first phase was completed in 2008.

During phase two, new restrooms, a new concession area, a new lifeguard station and first-aid room, the new central hall and an expanded deck are being added to the pavilion.