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July Fourth Fireworks Guide: Will Arthur Cancel Your City's Show?

By Kristen Rodman, Staff Writer
July 4, 2014; 5:00 PM ET

As the nation celebrates Independence Day, Hurricane Arthur looms off the Mid-Atlantic coast posing a threat for festivities up the northern coastline.

After Arthur was upgraded to a hurricane early Thursday morning, communities from the Carolinas up through Massachusetts have been re-evaluating and delaying or canceling the holiday's fireworks celebrations.

Hurricane Arthur to Batter Eastern North Carolina
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INFOGRAPHIC: Arthur to Disrupt East Coast July Fourth Festivities

Arthur is expected to bring heavy rain, high winds, rough surf and rip currents up the East coast to many of the Atlantic's beaches from Daytona Beach, Florida, up through Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

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For updates on the fireworks show closest to you, read the list below.


Ahead of Arthur's wrath, the iconic Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular celebration in the city of Boston was moved up to Thursday night, July 3, at 8 p.m. EDT. Despite the rescheduling of the event, those who attended the show still had to contend with Mother Nature as rains plagued the city.

The Boston Pops fireworks erupt over the Charles River on July 4, 2011. (Flickr/Kunal Mukherjee)

This is the first time that the Boston Pops show has been rescheduled since 1992, according to the Boston Globe.

With heavy rains, rough surf and damaging winds expected to hit the Cape Friday night into Saturday morning, multiple communities across the area have postponed or canceled Independence Day parades and fireworks shows.

The town of Barnstable has completely cancelled their fireworks display but hopes to provide a new display for residents later this summer in commemoration of the town's 375th anniversary. However, the Barnstable Village Fourth of July Parade will still take place at 9 a.m. EDT on Friday.

Falmouth has postponed its July Fourth fireworks display to Sunday, July 6; however, the town's parade has been entirely canceled.

For those in Martha's Vineyard with plans to attend the Edgartown fireworks, the show has been moved to Saturday, July 5.

Rhode Island

For the popular BankRI Independence Day Celebration in India Point Park in Providence, visitors and residents will have to wait one more day for their holiday festivities.

The city's firework show has been postponed to Saturday, July 5. The RI Philharmonic Pops will still perform before the firework display on Saturday.

New York City

With tens of thousands of fireworks scheduled to dazzle New Yorkers on July Fourth over the city's East River, the Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks show is to proceed as scheduled.

Fireworks burst in an array of colors during the 2013 New York City Macy's Fireworks. (Flickr/Anthony Quintano)

The 38th annual launch will occur at 9:20 p.m. EDT on Friday, July 4, with coverage live from the Brooklyn Bridge.


Despite the cancellation of the Philadelphia Museum of Art's screening of ROCKY on Wednesday night, July 2, due to weather, the city's prominent Wawa Welcome America! fireworks display is set to launch as scheduled.

Any changes to the fireworks display are expected to be announced when the decisions are made on the city's July Fourth Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Another traditional fireworks display in the Keystone State is also expected to proceed as previously planned.

With a rain date planned for Saturday, July 5, Hershey Park's radiant fireworks show is anticipated to take place on Friday, July 4, at 10:15 p.m. EDT.

Thursday evening's fireworks show in downtown Scranton has been postponed.

Washington, D.C.

Hosted by the National Park Service, the capital's National Mall Independence Day Celebration is set to erupt as planned from the Reflecting Pool area on July 4, at 9:10 p.m. EDT.


A blue and purple firework explodes over Ocean City, Maryland, on July 4, 2009. (Flickr/Kevin Jarrett)

With two sets of concerts and fireworks arranged for the Fourth of July on the beach and at Northside Park in Ocean City, the city postponed the events until Saturday, July 5. Both events will occur at the same time and location as previously planned on Saturday. The festivities will take place from 8 to 10 p.m. EDT.


Due to the likelihood of severe weather and heavy rain associated with Hurricane Arthur, city officials have rescheduled the Fireworks on the James show on Brown's Island in Richmond, Virginia, to Saturday.

The event will start at 9:15 p.m. EDT Saturday.

New Jersey

Due to weather, Atlantic City has postponed its fireworks show until Sunday, the Press of Atlantic City reports. The fireworks show will begin at 9:30 p.m.

North Carolina

While the Charleston, South Carolina, fireworks show is expected to happen as planned on the evening of July Fourth, towns in North Carolina have halted their displays.

Originally set to launch on Thursday, July 3, the Guilford County fireworks display has been delayed and rescheduled to next Friday, July 11, 2014.

As Arthur posed the biggest threat to the Carolinas on Thursday, cancellations were made to avoid any imminent danger.

Surf City initially moved its fireworks display to Thursday, July 3, but prior to the updates on Hurricane Arthur, the city rescheduled its show for Friday, Aug. 29, the Friday before Labor Day.

For Carolina Beach, the town's fireworks show initially planned for July 3, was also cancelled. The city plans to double up on other planned summer fireworks shows, including Labor Day.

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