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Fireworks will go on, even if it rains

Rain or shine, Charlotte’s annual fireworks will light the sky at 9:30 p.m. July 4, said Robert Krumbine, chief creative officer for Charlotte Center City Partners, which helps organize the annual event.

Even if it’s raining, folks are still encouraged to show up at Memorial Stadium for Charlotte’s largest fireworks display, he said, because the fireworks will go on.

Only a deluge from a sudden thunderstorm would delay the Novant Health July 4th Spectacular, Krumbine said. He noted that the latest forecasts Wednesday were encouraging.

Moira Quinn of Charlotte Center City Partners said recently that the fireworks display has been pushed back 30 to 45 minutes in past years, to accommodate a passing thunderstorm.

“Rain could push (the event) back a bit but right now the forecast looks good!” Charlotte Center City Partners tweeted Wednesday evening.

Gates will open at 5:30 p.m., with activities at the stadium from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Seating is available on both the lawn and in half of the stadium, with up to 15,000 people allowed. Bring blankets and sit on the field grass for the fireworks show, Center City Partners suggests.

If a thunderstorm approaches, spectators can seek shelter under the stands or go to the nearby Grady Cole Center, Krumbine said.

Marusak: 704-987-3670; on Twitter @ jmarusak.
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