Fourth fireworks happen a day late

Posted July 5, 2011

— Fourth of July revelers in the Triangle who waited until Tuesday to see fireworks had to contend with some hit or miss showers, but nothing like the storms that delayed Monday events. 

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

Revelers at the fairgrounds braved some early evening showers, but vowed to stay to see the fireworks. 

Rescheduled fireworks shows were also held Tuesday night at Cary's Koka Booth Amphitheater and in Franklinton. 

In Durham, fireworks followed Tuesday's USA Collegiate Team-Japan baseball game at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The game and the fireworks were postponed on Monday. 

The Town of Halifax rescheduled its fireworks for Saturday at 5:30 p.m. at the New Courthouse Complex on Ferrel Lane, town spokeswoman Sharon Vick said. 

Ft Bragg Fireworks Revelers brave the rain for fireworks

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 amounts 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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  • ezLikeSundayMorning Jul 6, 2011

    Raleigh had there's at 9. It barely dark enough, but would have been better if they had turned off or dimmed the grand stand lights. And why no direction on where to view? People were sitting in the grand stands and there was a stampede down (although the view was better up) the steps because they couldn't see.

    They were nice fireworks, but I could not believe how many people came out but seemed to have no interest in watching. As soon as they started people were scrambling to get out.

  • Bring on the 4 Dollar Gas Jul 5, 2011

    "So is it 9 or 9:45? WRAL says 9, says 9:45.
    So which is it?"

    They had them 20 minutes ago.

  • Fuquay Resident Jul 5, 2011

    How can Franklinton have their's at 7:30? It's 7:51 now and it's still light outside.

  • koop Jul 5, 2011

    Are they going to cancel again; where can you find out?

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Jul 5, 2011

    Well to be fair, they did sometimes say "scattered" didn't they?

  • mfarmer1 Jul 5, 2011

    I think they should have had it at 11:59:59 sat night.

    that way people could sleep off the booze with out needing to go to work the next day.

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Jul 5, 2011

    woodrow - "Would gladly give up a man bang if we could get a good earth soaking rain without the high winds and dangrous lighting."

    Me too.

    A nice long soaking rain.

  • tmh1375 Jul 5, 2011

    So much for a slim chance. It's raining harder right now than it did yesterday in Cary.

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Jul 5, 2011

    "WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said there is a slim chance of rain in the Triangle on Tuesday night, but he doesn't expect festivities to be rained out. Fayetteville and areas south of the Triangle have the greatest chance of rain."


    I guess what it's doing outside right now is snow then.

    (Sorry, just had to use the "s" word here. I think it's safe to use it in July. Isn't it?)

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Jul 5, 2011

    They should have held them until this upcoming Saturday evening.