EAST LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WWLP) –For the many American the 4th of July means grilling outside, watching parades, time with family and friends, and of course, fireworks.
But with concerns over impending thunderstorms and heavy rain, many in Western Mass were forced to change the way they celebrated this year.
“Unfortunately because of the rain we probably won’t. If it stays like this I think we can handle it, but I guess we will just have to settle for watching the world cup without the U.S.” Ryan Corbett, from Springfield, said.
Many cities and towns had to re-schedule or even cancel their July 4th traditions. In East Longmeadow the annual parade was cancelled due to the looming thunderstorms.
Judy Perkins, from East Longmeadow, told 22News the parade’s cancellation was disappointing but understandable, but that she planned on hosting her annual barbeque.
“We’re going to start at noon hoping it doesn’t rain and if it does we’re just going to picnic on the inside. We are still going to have fun and we are still going to celebrate the fourth,” Perkins said.
Thursday’s storms left these concert grounds empty on the 4th of July eve as the annual East Longmeadow Rotary Club’s concert, was postponed until the end of August.
In neighboring Springfield, Amy Burke with the Spirit of Springfield told 22News that the threat of bad weather also moved the Star Spangled Springfield fireworks one day later to July 5th.
The East Longmeadow Rotary Club concert which was scheduled for Thursday night has been re-scheduled to August 20. The Star Spangled Springfield fireworks display has been moved from Friday night to Saturday night, as have South Hadley and Amherst’s displays. Shelburne Falls’ annual Fourth of July parade and barbecue has also been rescheduled to Saturday.
Some traditional celebrations are still continuing as scheduled, however, such as Monson’s Summerfest and Chesterfield’s Fourth of July Parade.