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July 4th celebrations go on despite the rain in East TN

7:35 AM, Jul 4, 2013   |    comments
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The show must go on for some East Tennessee communities looking to celebrate July 4th.

Organizer Jeffrey Dillard said it would be hard for Hamblen County to cancel its fireworks show, dubbed "Party in the Park".

He said a change would disrupt too many people's plans.

"We've got Steel Magnolia coming out, our sponsor East Tennessee Nissan, [and] three different concerts coming through," he said. "We've got a 20 minute firework show that we've got going. It's just a lot to change in the last minute."

He said vendors would also be negatively affected.

"It would be a big pain," said vendor Bobby Lawless. "You've got your bread orders, buns and stuff you have to preorder, you have to hold them off."

But, the fireworks show at Cherokee Park in Morristown wasn't the only event to push through the region's wet weather.

The annual Gatlinburg July 4th Parade did so at midnight.

Other fireworks show still plan to go on as well. The City of Knoxville said its Festival on the Fourth will still go on at World's Fair Park. The City of Middlesboro said its firework show will also happen as well.

If you would like to go to the fireworks show in Hamblen County, it starts at 3pm. Admission is $5. The band Sundy Best will also be playing.

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