Many Tennesseans looking to celebrate the Fourth of July will have to make do with a lightning display for now.
Thunderstorms are expected to build across the state and be most pronounced in the eastern sections, where up to five inches of rain could fall by Sunday. The National Weather Service cautions that local rainfall totals could be even higher. Both flash flooding and river flooding could occur and flood watches are posted through Friday night for all of East Tennessee and the eastern parts of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberland Plateau.
Some cities have already moved fireworks displays. The Chattanooga Times Free Press reported the annual Pops on the River concert scheduled for Wednesday night at Coolidge Park has been canceled. There is no makeup date for the celebration, which features the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera and a fireworks presentation.
Collegedale moved its show to Sept. 1 and Soddy-Daisy rescheduled its display for Oct. 5.
The Knoxville News Sentinel reported the Oak Ridge display has been moved to Sunday night and The Cosby Sunset Gap celebration will be moved to Saturday if the weather is wet.
Knoxville is urging residents to check its home page at cityofknoxville.org or the city Face Book page later Thursday.
Clinton canceled its fireworks show and hasn't given a reschedule date. Lake City moved its Independence Day celebration to July 13.
In Hamblen County, the Shakin' the Lake fireworks show at Dandridge is being rescheduled from Wednesday night, but a new date wasn't announced. The boat parade on Wednesday has been canceled.
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