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.
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.
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.
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.
BankRI Independence Day Celebration rescheduled for Sat, July 5 due to storm. Hope to see u @ India Pt for free concert @ 7:30p & fireworks!
— Angel Taveras (@Angel_Taveras) July 2, 2014
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.
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.
Any other weather-related changes will be announced once those decision are made. Please keep an eye on our Twitter and Facebook accounts.
— Wawa Welcome America (@July4thPhilly) July 3, 2014
NOTE: Tonight's Philly POPS! concert has been moved to Verizon Hall at @KimmelCenter due to weather concerns. Doors open at 7:30, show at 8.
— Wawa Welcome America (@July4thPhilly) July 3, 2014
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.
BREAKING: Philharmonics concert and fireworks in downtown Scranton are now cancelled. County working to reschedule fireworks show
— Eric Deabill (@ericdeabill) July 3, 2014
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.
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.
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.
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.
@AWilcox21 We did reschedule our celebration for August 29th to celebrate the end of summer!
— Town of Surf City (@SurfCityTourism) July 2, 2014
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.
Thursday’s fireworks show has been cancelled, but be sure to mark your calendar for upcoming shows: http://t.co/CZqrVVfgPl
— Carolina Beach NC (@CarolinaBeachNC) July 2, 2014
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