Fourth of July activities
Some Independence Day activities have been altered because of weather; other events remained planned for today as of press time.
American Legion fireworks display, Gainesville: Rescheduled to Labor Day
Dahlonega Fourth of July Family Celebration: Postponed to Friday; Firecracker 5K/10K still scheduled
Lake Lanier Islands’ Red, White and Luau: Still scheduled, fireworks rescheduled for Saturday night
Glorious Fourth of July Celebration, Demorest: canceled
Frances Meadows Aquatic Center, Gainesville: Outdoor Splash Zone closed today; indoor pools open until 5 p.m.
Sterling on the Lake July 5 celebration, Flowery Branch: Still scheduled; contingency date, July 12
Mall of Georgia Fabulous Fourth, Buford: Still scheduled
July Fourth celebration, Braselton: Still scheduled; backup date, Friday
Memorial Park Funeral Home Public Safety Appreciation Day: Moved indoors; carry-out available as long as food lasts
Thomas-Mashburn Steam Engine Parade, Cumming: Still scheduled
With heavy rainfall and possible flash floods forecast for today, the Fourth of July may bring flashes of lightning rather than fireworks.
There is a 100 percent chance of rain with showers and thunderstorms likely, according to National Weather Service forecaster Nikole Listemaa.
“Locally, there will be heavy to torrential rainfall,” Listemaa said. “We’re expecting an average rainfall of 2 to 4 inches, but there could be localized higher amounts. You could see up to 5 inches in some spots.”
A flash flood watch has been issued for the area and will be in effect until Friday morning.
“While all the ingredients support the possibility of a significant flooding event, the details of what and where the flooding will occur is yet to be known,” according to a weather statement covering a large part of the state, including Hall County. “Current computer models predict anywhere from 2 to 6 inches over the area and some of the models predict up to 8 inches with some of the significant training of thunderstorms. Regardless, with all the recent rain, flooding could occur in this area.”
Weather hazards expected also include prolonged river flooding, frequent dangerous lightning, wind gusts to 60 mph or greater and hail with storms through Sunday.
Residents are encouraged to monitor weather reports for their area and never drive into flooded roadways.
The rain is ruining many Independence Day plans, including fireworks displays.
The American Legion’s annual fireworks display at Laurel Park in Gainesville has been rescheduled to Labor Day.
The Dahlonega Fourth of July Family Celebration has been postponed until Saturday, though the Firecracker 5K/10K race is still scheduled. The fireworks display in Helen has been rescheduled for the city’s centennial celebration on Aug. 17.
Lake Lanier Islands’ Red, White and Luau event will still happen, though fireworks have been rescheduled for Saturday night.
Demorest has canceled its Glorious Fourth of July Celebration due to the inclement weather.
The Frances Meadows Aquatic Center has closed the outdoor Splash Zone today, though the indoor pools will be open until 5 p.m.
Not everyone is giving in to the weather, however.
Sterling on the Lake’s July 5 celebration is still on, though officials with the sprawling Flowery Branch subdivision have a contingency date set for July 12.
The Mall of Georgia’s Fabulous Fourth is still scheduled.
“We’re monitoring the weather patterns for the best time period to launch the fireworks,” said Shannon King, a public relations representative for the mall.
Braselton’s July Fourth celebration is unchanged, though a backup date has been set for Friday.
“We may be a little fluid with our schedule if we have to dodge the raindrops, but we are hoping to be able to hold all our events,” stated an email from the city.
Memorial Park’s Public Safety Appreciation Luncheon has been moved indoors.
“We’re not doing it outside, but we will still have carry-out available until the food runs out,” said Billy Hendrix, spokesman for the funeral home.
The Thomas-Mashburn Steam Engine Parade in Cumming will still happen “rain or shine,” said organizer Cindy Hansard.