Rain dampens some Fourth fireworks celebrations

Posted July 4, 2011
Updated July 5, 2011

— Rain and the threat of severe weather put a damper on some Fourth of July celebrations across the Triangle Monday evening.

Thunderstorm warnings and strong winds prompted the city of Raleigh to cancel its annual fireworks extravaganza at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds to postpone the event until 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Cary officials also called off its celebration at Koka Booth Amphitheater and also rescheduled fireworks for 9 p.m. Tuesday, weather permitting. However, there will be no North Carolina Symphony performance, which had been scheduled for Monday.

The town of Franklinton rescheduled fireworks for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

In Durham, fireworks will follow the USA Collegiate Team-Japan baseball game, which was also postponed, Tuesday evening at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The game starts at 6:05 p.m.

Fireworks went on as planned in other parts of the Triangle, including Rolesville.

Much of the Triangle and central North Carolina was under a severe thunderstorm watch most of the evening.

The rain is expected to linger for the rest of this week, WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said, amounting to some of the most significant amount of precipitation the area has seen in quite a while.

Up to 2 inches is forecast in some areas by Friday.


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  • AlbertEinstein Jul 5, 2011

    Wow... it's money, time, inconvenience - nothing about a celebration of our nation's wars and lost soldiers/sailors that has and continues to bring our freedom.

  • daydreamnn Jul 5, 2011

    Just my few cents worth. A native of Raleigh I have enjoyed the fireworks year after year, however they are not the greatest esp to be in the capital of NC. On a more hometown note, Rolesville, why in the world after all the rain that came down would you continue and have your fireworks. We are very near by and would of loved to have seen them however with as much rain as fell there was no way they would happen, bam bam bam they did. As after all that "help us raise money for 4th celebration" would you screw the people like that. So just how many of those same people what helped you be able to have the celebration saw there money put to work....they didn't they were at home out of the rain while you (Rolesville) blasted away our money, thanks. Its about like there police dept, stopping ppl for pretty much no reason just to fine them to thicken up the town bank account.

  • horrorfan101 Jul 5, 2011

    Personally, I think we need the rain more than more brush fires, besides once you have seen 10 fireworks displays, you have seen them all.

  • claudinedavis Jul 5, 2011

    Tuesday July 5 is Rain Date for the July 4th Celebration at NC State Fairgrounds. Gates open at 5 pm with outside vendors offering food, face painting & balloon art. Fireworks are scheduled for 9 pm.

  • Bring on the 4 Dollar Gas Jul 5, 2011

    "Will any of the vendors or entertainment venues be there tonight or just fireworks."

    Nope, they lost enough money last night thanks to the weather guy telling us to stay home.

  • Bring on the 4 Dollar Gas Jul 5, 2011

    "When will we know if Raleigh cancels their fireworks?"

    When Greg Fishel tells us.

  • troykinder84 Jul 5, 2011

    This is to "workingforthosethatwont"

    Its absolutely terrible that we have people like you in our country. Its actually really sad and frustrating that people dont have a sense of pride for our own UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. We are a nation as one, and we dont need ***holes like you here with your whining and moping. if you really feel like you say then do yourself a favor and leave our wonderful county and try out any other country. I dare you. Go to any other country; you wont find one with more independence than the USA my friend.

  • beckyspencer51 Jul 5, 2011

    Will any of the vendors or entertainment venues be there tonight or just fireworks. Thank you :)

  • haggis basher Jul 5, 2011

    "Besides, our independence is long gone."

    Really? In what way?

  • jollyrogered Jul 5, 2011


    Our indepedence is long gone, eh? Try travelling to another country sometime and repeating that statement with a straight face. Regardless, it is incumbent on the citizens of this nation to ensure their own continued freedom, you dont like the system, work to change it.

    Ultimate example of throwing money away? I could argue about the opportunities and good things that a morale boost does for people. I just dont think you'd understand it... Sometimes things need to be celebrated to remind people to take pride in what they have.