Mother Nature may impact fireworks displays across RI

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — One of the most anticipated traditions each Independence Day is the fireworks, but spectators in some communities may have to wait a little longer to get their fix this year.

In recent years, Providence’s July 4th celebrations have drawn crowds of nearly 50,000 people to India Point Park. Over the years, people have been awed by colorful fireworks displays and serenaded by the Rhode Island Philharmonic Pops Orchestra.

Fransico Noya will conduct the concert this year, and over the next couple of days, he is going to be busy putting the finishing touches on the program.

“It’s very exciting, all of these people coming from all over the state, and even out of the state,” he said.

That beautiful setting means musicians and concert-goers are at the mercy of Mother Nature. Heavy rain is in the forecast and the holiday celebration is in Jeopardy for Friday.

Several agencies, including the Providence Emergency Management Agency and the fire department, will be involved in the decision to either go forward with the celebration or postpone it. If the event is postponed, it will take place on Saturday, July 5.

Warwick and East Providence have already postponed their fireworks from Thursday night to Saturday because of the forecast.

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