Fourth of July BBQ’s continue despite rain

Tradition was more powerful than the weather on Independence Day

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The smell of hot coals and smoke filled the air in Forest Park as the barbecues were warming up Saturday morning.

For many families, July 4th served as an excuse to reunite after spending some time apart.

“We’re just now meeting up, we’ve been separated for a long time. I haven’t seen her for a long time so we are just now meeting up and we just gathered and had a good time,” said Starlette Sutton from Springfield.

While for a lot of families, a barbecue and a picnic in Forest Park is a Fourth of July tradition, for other families, this was their first time spending Independence Day grilling with family and celebrating life in America.

“I’d rather stay here than down where I lived in Puerto Rico. I’ve been here since I was seven years old and now I’m 66 so it’s been a long time that I’ve been here,” said Maria Oquendo from Springfield.

It didn’t quite look like the second week of summer with weather like we had.

With cloudy skies, cooler temperatures and the threat for rain, that still didn’t stop all the people that showed up to Forest Park, mostly because it’s a tradition that they do rain or shine.

“No matter, you know. Rain isn’t going to stop us. Rain, sun, no sun, it’s not going to stop us…It’s not about the fire crackers, it’s about getting with the family showing love, all that different stuff,” said Gerald Hill from Springfield.

And for those of you that were bothered by the rain, the last day of our three day weekend promises to be much more summerlike.

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