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Fireworks and rain don’t mix well.
Heavy rain pelted Manchester to the tune of two inches on Independence Day, forcing Manchester officials to postpone the Fourth of July fireworks
show to Saturday.
The National Weather Service is calling for an 80 percent chance of rain Saturday, forcing city officials to postpone the celebration – featuring live musical entertainment and fireworks – to Friday, Aug. 30, which is Labor Day weekend.
“With the weather people calling for an 80 percent chance of rain I don’t want to spend this money and not have everyone out there,” said Manchester Director of Parks and Recreation Bonnie Gamble.
Rotary Park, where live musical acts were scheduled to play, has taken on heavy water, Gamble said.
“With this flash flooding everyone would be sloshing around in a lot of water down there,” explained Gamble. “And the stage is pretty wet and it makes it hard on KKs to set up the sound.”
Brian Hester and the Borrowed Band, The Trails and Aquaducks, scheduled to perform at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. respectively, will play as scheduled on Aug. 30 at Rotary Amphitheater.
“We will have all the entertainment back and our vendors selling food and drinks,” said Gamble. “It may even be bigger and better, actually.”
Fireworks will be launched at 9 p.m. Aug. 30.
Rain forced neighboring Tullahoma to postpone its Independence Day celebration, too. Tullahoma will have its airshow and fireworks display Aug. 31.