Downpours put damper on July Fourth events
by TCT Staff
July 04, 2013 12:00 AM | 5378 views | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Drenching downpours and a flash flood warning threatened holiday plans and spirits Wednesday, as local cities struggled to decide what to do about Fourth of July festivities scheduled around the


The city of Woodstock announced Wednesday afternoon it still planned to move forward with the FreedomRun, parade and festival, but that the situation would be reassessed early this morning and its website updated with any additional information.

The Woodstock fireworks display was postponed until Sept. 2.

“A judgment call to cancel the events will be made early in the morning based on the weather at that time, MaryBeth Stockdale with the city’s parks and recreation department said late Wednesday. “We will follow the same set up and lineup procedures that have already been planned for the day.”

If any of the other events are canceled, the city will announce it today on its website at

Woodstock’s parade is set to kick off the celebration at 10 a.m., weather permitting. The parade starts at the corner of Highway 92 and Main Street and continues north up Main Street through downtown Woodstock.

After the parade the festival will continue until 3 p.m. at the Park at City Center. The festival will feature food, live music, children’s games, arts and crafts, and vendors of all types.

The Woodstock Freedom Run is scheduled to start at 7:30 a.m. in downtown Woodstock.

The Fourth of July fireworks show in Canton has been postponed indefinitely, city officials announced Wednesday. The parade planned for 6 p.m. was also canceled.

A flash flood warning was in effect for Cherokee County until 8:15 p.m. Wednesday, the Cherokee Emergency Management Agency said. A flash flood watch was issued through Friday morning.

Capt. Joe Perkins with the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office said that no problems with roads had been reported as of 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, despite receiving heavy rainfall in areas throughout the county.

Perkins said if anyone encounters roads that are covered in water, they should turn around and not try to drive through.

“Don’t cross over and put yourself at risk,” Perkins said.

He also said that any road problems could be reported by calling 911.

The Sheriff’s Office will continue to monitor the situation of possible flooding, he said.

No makeup date has been set as yet, but there will be a fireworks show in the near future and Canton Tourism will announce the date as soon as arrangements can be made, said Pat Gold of the tourism committee.

“It is disappointing to have to postpone this much anticipated annual event, however the safety and enjoyment of everyone is our main concern. We look forward to a rescheduled celebration,” Gold said.

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