Greenville’s Independence Day celebration to go on rain or shine

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – The weather has been less than ideal over the long holiday weekend.

As Dontae Jones said earlier Monday morning, more storms could be on the way. But even still, many Fourth of July celebrations are moving ahead as scheduled.

“This is the third year that I’ve been involved and every year it has rained, so we were already prepared that there was a chance,” said Sonni Minton, of the Greenville Jaycees.

In Greenville, the Independence Day Celebration will go on rain or shine. Event organizers are prepared if it does rain on their parade. Tents have been set up, so performers are protected by the amphitheater’s roof and even the fireworks are placed in waterproof bags inside sealed containers to protect them from Mother Nature.

Most activities for Greenville’s celebration will go on as planned unless there is lightning, but the crowd size could be affected by the rain.

“Usually, they expect about 20,000. If the weather is bad, last year it was between 10 and 15. Weather will definitely play a factor in how many people come out and participate,” Minton added. “It’s a rain or shine event. We’re all in. We’re here. So we’re hoping for the rain to hold out and have a good show.”

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