Delayed Independence Day celebration tonight

The Newnan Rotary Club will be watching the skies as it plans to hold its rescheduled annual Independence Day celebration and fireworks show tonight.

The free event - rescheduled due to last week's heavy rain July 3 and 4 - has preshow activities starting at 6 p.m. at Drake Stadium at Newnan High School on LaGrange Street. The fireworks show will be at nightfall. Families are invited to bring the youngsters and a blanket to spread on the grass, or sit in the stands.

The weather forecast from the National Weather Service in Peachtree City as of Friday afternoon showed a 40 percent chance of rain today and tonight.

It calls for a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 11 a.m., and some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Otherwise it should be mostly cloudy, with a high near 84 and calm wind becoming southeast around 5 mph.

Ton ig ht t he National Weather Service is calling for scattered showers and thunderstorms, some of which could produce heavy rainfall. It will continue to be mostly cloudy, with a low around 69 and east wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. Chance of precipitation tonight is 40 percent.

Tonight's planned fireworks extravaganza will be the 28th annual Independence Day celebration at Drake Stadium. It is sponsored by the Newnan Rotary Club, Coweta County, the City of Newnan, Coweta County Schools and Coweta businesses.

Before the fireworks, there will be concessions, live music, and family entertainment including the Musicology band featuring Doug Kees, Riley Hoskins, Bob Boyce, Patrick Thompson, Tony Boyd and special guests.

'This is one of the biggest events in Coweta County and one of the best Independence Day events in the state of Georgia,' said Walt Thompson, Newnan Rotary Club president. 'We still want to celebrate America's freedom, and we hope everyone can join us tonight.

The event was rescheduled because of severe weather forecasted for July 3.

The storm forecast also forced the city of Newnan to cancel the 4th of July parade because of safety concerns for parade entries, attendees, volunteers, and staff.



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