Rain dampens some Fourth fireworks celebrations

Posted July 4, 2011 9:32 a.m. EDT
Updated July 5, 2011 7:56 a.m. EDT

— 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.