Some events rescheduled, others go on amid weather
by Michelle Babcock
July 05, 2013 10:35 PM | 2304 views | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Many Independence Day and Friday celebrations were canceled or rescheduled around Cherokee County after bad weather rolled in earlier this week, and more rainfall is expected across Georgia through next week.

Woodstock’s July Fourth parade and festival were canceled because of inclement weather, and the city postponed its fireworks display until a later date, which has not been announced yet.

The Main Street Woodstock Friday Night Live event was not rescheduled and was planned to continue rain or shine.

Woodstock Director of Tourism and Visitors Center Operations Kyle Bennett said Friday that the Woodstock Farmer’s Market and Pie Day event would go on “rain or shine.”

Canton Tourism spokesperson Frances Vaughn said that the Riverstone Plaza Shopping Center fireworks show for the city of Canton was rescheduled for the Sunday before Labor Day, Sept. 1.

“We have rescheduled the fireworks for the day before Labor Day,” Vaughn said. “We especially want to do this because the children would be out of school the next day, and they would be able to enjoy the fireworks.”

The city of Canton rescheduled the First Friday downtown celebration because of the weather forecast and concern for safety. Downtown Canton’s Blues and Bikes First Friday event now is planned for July 12.

The Allatoona Yacht Club rescheduled its annual fireworks display to July 20 at about 9:30 p.m., after weather concerns Wednesday when it was originally planned.

The National Weather Service predicted periods of moderate to heavy rainfall through early next week, according to a hazardous weather outlook released Friday, and said, “There is some concern that accumulating high rainfall totals may lead to more significant flooding across the area.”

The NWS warned that those planning outdoor activities for the weekend should monitor forecasts closely. A flash flood watch issued by the NWS remained in effect until 8 p.m. Friday, and a flood watch is in effect for portions of north and west-central Georgia, including Cherokee County, through Sunday morning.

NWS said an additional 1 to 2 inches of rainfall are likely through Sunday morning, and locally more than 3 inches is possible.

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