Rain threatens Fourth of July celebrations

Tuesday, July 2, 2013 7:50 PM
Last updated 10:19 PM
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Carolina Crackers is one of several stores along Highway 1 in North Augusta that sells fireworks. Rain may put a damper on the holiday festivities.  TODD BENNETT/STAFF
TODD BENNETT/STAFF
Carolina Crackers is one of several stores along Highway 1 in North Augusta that sells fireworks. Rain may put a damper on the holiday festivities.

Rain is threatening to snuff the fuse on local Independence Day celebrations.

National Weather Service meteorologist Whitney Rushing said the Augusta area faces a 60 percent chance of rain through Fri­day, and is expected to get about 2 inches – more in some spots.

“It’s not looking like a very nice Fourth of July, unfortunately,” she said.

The area remains under a flood watch until tonight.

“Because the soil is so saturated, it doesn’t take as much rain as it usually would to cause problems,” she said.

Columbia County Com­munity Events Manager Stacie Adkins said the fireworks display at Patriots Park is still on.

“We’re planning on having it Thursday unless the weather predictions drastically change tomorrow,” she said Tuesday.

Adkins said patrons will be notified of any changes on the Columbia County Community Events Facebook page and Twitter.

Fort Gordon will also have its celebration according to plan Wednesday night, spokesman Buz Yarnell said.

Augusta’s Independence Day Celebration at the Augusta Common is scheduled for Thursday night. Calls to the special events office weren’t immediately returned Tuesday.

HOLIDAY EVENTS

Fort Gordon’s Independence Day celebration is scheduled for 3-10 p.m. today, with fireworks at dark. Find more information on today’s event and other holiday happenings in the area, Page 3B.

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