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Backup plans for public fireworks displays

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MADISON COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

Cities across the Tennessee Valley are preparing for their July 4th fireworks shows, but the weather could put a damper on things. Rain is in the forecast, so what does that mean for this annual tradition that attracts thousands?

It doesn't mean much. Rain or shine, you should still expect to hear and see fireworks on Thursday. Planning for this event and the potential weather event feels like deja vu for workers at Dublin Park in Madison.

"We started planning last year because we did have the storm that came up on us last year," said Event Volunteer Coordinator Gayle Milam. "We had the after-action meeting after the 4th so we started planning this in August of 2012 to be prepared for 2013."  

Milam said a plan is in place if Mother Nature misbehaves on the holiday.  

"As of now our contingency plan is that everything is a go if in the event we do have weather like the are predicting 80 percent chance of rain we will just delay our events," she said. "We are keeping our fingers crossed that it will not happen." 

Fingers are crossed at the Space and Rocket Center as well. 

"We feel very very confident that there will be a fireworks show," said Space and Rocket Center Strategist, Tim Hall. "What we have chosen to do at this point is to begin to take the activities that we had planned outside and make plans to move most of them to inside locations or into covered areas."

Both shows will have a police presence to keep everyone safe and keep an eye on the weather.

"We want everybody to come out and have a good time but also be aware of the people around you be considerate and courteous," said Madison police Capt. John Stringer. He said that traffic will be an issue and he wants everyone to be mindful of pedestrians.

Crews with The Spirit of America in Decatur are also using the "the show must go on" mentality. All three places say the only things that could stop or delay the fireworks are thunder, lightning and strong winds. All firework shows begin at dusk. 

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