UPDATE: Phenix City fireworks display rescheduled for July 13

mowen@ledger-enquirer.comJuly 3, 2013 

UPDATE: Tonight's Phenix City fireworks display has been rescheduled for July 13. Department coordinator Rebecca Harris posted this message on Facebook: "Our 4th of July celebration at The Amphitheater has been rescheduled for JULY 13th. We plan to combine it with our DANCE AT THE AMP with THE AMERICAN FLYERS, a 12 piece showband from Atlanta. We TRIED but the river was rising and the rain won't let up. BUT, we can celebrate our great nation anytime. Hope to see you on the 13th."

Here's our earlier story.


It’s going to be a wet Fourth of July, and fifth, and sixth and maybe even the seventh, forecasters say.

The National Weather Service is forecasting a 100 percent chance of rain Thursday and Friday with the possibility of some very heavy rains involved. The chance of rain drops to 60 percent Saturday and down to 30 percent on Sunday.

All that water will cause problems for many people who planned to celebrate the nation’s birthday outdoors. Some events have been cancelled or postponed, but many will be moved indoors.

And one involves getting wet anyway. Dan Gilbert, president of Whitewater Express, said rain may keep the numbers down on Independence Day with some people opting to wait for better weather on the weekend, however, he still expects folks to be making trips.

"We’re staying strong" he said of the town’s newest entertainment venture. He said the number of people taking a ride on the rapids was just under 300 this past Saturday and a little below 200 on Sunday.

Uptown Columbus President and CEO Richard Bishop said last week that he had hoped the entire 2.5-mile whitewater course would be open by Thursday. If all goes as planned, at least three groups of rafts will be launched from the official put-in on the Georgia side, offering rafters a look at the full 2.5-mile course, Bishop said.

Even with the Georgia side put-in open, not all rafters will start there, Bishop said. Until late July or early August, when the parking lot and turnaround are completed at the put-in, it can’t handle large groups that require a bus. Those groups will continue to use the Alabama side put-in.

The Phenix City Parks and Recreation Department still hopes to hold its fireworks display Thursday evening, according to Rebecca Harris, a department coordinator. But if the weather is too bad, they will move it to July 13 after the Dance in the Amp event.

The National Infantry Museum's planned celebration will be held rain or shine, according to Cyndy Cerbin, the museum’s director of communications, but some of the activities will be moved inside.

Visitors can hear performances by the Maneuver Center of Excellence Band 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and Tim Maggart and the Neal Lucas Band at 2 p.m.

There will be Civil War re-enactors and cannons along with bounce houses, face painting and balloon animals for the kids.

The IMAX theater will be open showing a patriotic music video Maggart shot at the Infantry Museum along with vintage World War II newsreels and cartoons.

Vendors will set up under the portico and will be selling ice cream, barbecue plates, chicken sandwiches, hot dogs and drinks. Inside, the Fife and Drum restaurant and IMAX concessions will be open.

At Callaway Gardens, July 4th activities, including the Swingin' Medallions and the fireworks show, have been postponed until Saturday.

In Talbot County, the Thunder on the Lake celebration has been postponed until Saturday, organizers said.

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