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Rain Won’t Extinguish Music City’s Spirit Of Patriotism

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Despite over 24 hours of rain, flood warnings and postponed fireworks shows, Middle Tennesseans found ways to celebrate the 237th anniversary of the United States' declaration of independence.

A rainy forecast has caused several area fireworks shows to be canceled or postponed. Nashville's renowned "Let Freedom Sing" July 4th celebration was wetter than expected, forcing event organizers to replace the traditional live performance of the Nashville Symphony with a prerecorded presentation. 

Rain or shine, Nashville's Convention and Visitors Bureau president Butch Spyridon said the show would go on. However, Nashville Dancin' performances scheduled during the daytime have been cancelled.

Fireworks scheduled in Columbia, Goodlettsville, La Vergne, Manchester, Pegram, Shelbyville, Tullahoma, Winchester and several other mid-state municipalities were rescheduled because of the rain - some for Friday night and others for Labor Day or September 11. 

For a full list of community fireworks shows, including updated about which have been canceled or postpones, visit our Fireworks Schedule

For years, Music City's Fourth festivities have been ranked as one of the best in country. Organizers said this year's celebration will be even bigger and better.

"We've added a few extra tweaks, like a 300 foot zipline," said Spyridon. "People need to come down and check it out."

"It's about 14,000 pounds of explosives, 26,000 miles of cable and 26,00 effects," said Jimmy Huddleston, a technician for Pyro Shows, the company putting on Music City's show. 

Huddleston's crew continued to check and re-check every shell Wednesday.

"We can fire in weather that your crowd would not be out in," Huddleston said. "We can take a heavy rain."

Organizers said they expected more than 100,000 people to come downtown. Final numbers were not yet available, but NewsChannel5 found hundreds of spectators out in the rain and mud along the Riverfront Parkway downtown. 

Lines looked just as long, albeit with just as many umbrellas as lawnchairs. 

Those that participated in the July 4th celebration did so with an increased security presence. Alcohol, large beach umbrellas and even pull carts were prohibited. Officials said some visitors were also subject to a search.

For more information on what to expect: http://www.visitmusiccity.com/july4th

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