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Hurricane, Thunderstorm Threat Postpones Scores of Fireworks Shows

An approaching Tropical Storm Arthur and the threat of severe thunderstorms and showers has forced many communities to postpone and reschedule Fourth of July fireworks displays.

The threat of severe weather has forced many fireworks displays to be postponed and rescheduled. Credit: Patch file photo
The threat of severe weather has forced many fireworks displays to be postponed and rescheduled. Credit: Patch file photo

The threat of thunderstorms and an approaching hurricane have both postponed and rescheduled scores of Fourth of July celebrations and fireworks.

Tropical Storm Arthur had sustained winds of 60 miles per hour on Wednesday morning as it sat off the Florida coast. It was forecasted to become a hurricane as soon as Thursday with sustained winds of 83 mph as it moved up the Atlantic coast. The good news is that forecasters predict the storm will miss New England and be more than 100 miles off the coast on Friday.

"The exact nature of Arthur's impact on Massachusetts will depend heavily on the storm's track; the current forecast track will bring up to 2.5 inches of rain to southeastern Massachusetts and the Cape and Islands, but a more northerly track would bring heavy rain further inland," the Massachusetts Emergency Management Authority said in a press release.

High seas and rip current could be felt at the beach, especially southeast facing beaches, MEMA said.

In addition, forecasters say that there is a significant chance of showers and thunderstorms on Thursday afternoon and evening – the Fourth of July. Those storms, which are most likely after 3 p.m., could also include small hail, gusty winds and heavy rain, according to the National Weather Service.

The fireworks display in Danvers – the largest on the North Shore – typically happens on July 3 but has been rescheduled for Saturday, July 5 at Plains Park.

In North Reading, the fireworks display was moved from July 4 to Saturday, July 5 at Ipswich River Park.

Elsewhere, Marblehead rescheduled its fireworks display from July 4 to July 5 and the Lynn and Swampscott fireworks were also moved from July 4 to Sunday, July 6.

Rob C July 02, 2014 at 07:20 PM
More fine "reporting" from the patch. With an article with a title including the words"threat postpones scores of fireworks" you would think they would include an updated list or a link to one.
Frank Ryan July 03, 2014 at 07:49 AM
The article gave the old and new dates for the 4 fireworks displays that are north of Boston. Is your objection to the use of the word scores? Maybe they could have said "Threat postpones 4 area fireworks displays." I thought it was very thourough and informative. Then again I don't have any interest in south shore fireworks.
Rob C July 03, 2014 at 09:40 AM
Frank, considering that this article is plastered all over the home page of all the patches in the area (I am in Chelmsford and have a link to it) they should have included all the changes or at least a link to them and not just changes to 5 on the North Shore. I am aware of well over 20 in eastern MA that have been changed due to the storm and still not a single mention of them here, even though the link to this page is still spread all over eastern MA. Just another example of the poor editing/reporting that has fallen on Patch in the last year since HP/AOL sold them and gutted the staff.
Crystal Willard July 03, 2014 at 10:04 AM
What happened to the Wakefield fireworks?

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