July 04, 2018 05:36 PM
One of the largest Fourth of July celebrations in the metro area was just a few hours from starting, but severe weather could put a damper on those plans.
Organizers were crossing their fingers weather would play nice Wednesday night as the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board put the finishing touches on the annual "Red, White and Boom" event.
Nearly 75,000 people are expecting to pack Father Hennepin Park for the 10 p.m. light show.
Organizes said one of three things needs to happen for the event to be called off: A lightning strike within a few miles, heavy rainfall or winds stronger than 20 miles an hour.
If the Independence Day celebration is canceled, organizers said there will not be a makeup date.
It was sad news for Michael Thibodeaux, who said he has been attending the fireworks show since he was in grade school.
"When I was a kid, it was just fun to see colors, but as I grew older, I understood about Independence Day," Thibodeaux said. "So, I guess it's tradition."
Lindsay Williams said she is still planning to grill and enjoy the pyrotechnics with her family.
"I hope this storm passes, breaks the humidity a little bit and then makes beautiful evening for fireworks and festivities," Williams said.
Stillwater officials still plan to move forward with their fireworks show.
According to the city's Facebook page, the event will be moved to the same place and time on Thursday night, if severe weather forces it to shutdown.
Updated: July 04, 2018 05:36 PM
Created: July 04, 2018 11:51 AM
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