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Tifton postpones Independence day show

Albany, Thomasville plans will continue, officials say.

This file photo shows fireworks at the Georgia Agriculture Museum and Historic Village in Tifton.

This file photo shows fireworks at the Georgia Agriculture Museum and Historic Village in Tifton.

TIFTON — A Tifton tradition has been postponed indefinetly thanks to weather concerns, officials here posted Tuesday.

Officials with the Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village, formerly known as the Georgia Agrirama, posted on its Facebook page Tuesday that rainy weather had indefinitely shut down the Independence Day festivities that had been planned for Wednesday night.

“Mother Nature is not shining upon us. Due to the impending inclement weather, the Independence Day celebration scheduled for Wednesday, July 3rd from 6 p.m.-10 p.m. will be postponed. Reschedule date to be determined,” the post says.

The weather forecast for the area — which includes a heavy dose of rain throughout for the rest of the week — won’t dampen festivities in Albany or Thomasville, officials in those cities say.

“We’re having it rain or shine,” Albany Recreation and Parks Director Suzanne Davis said Tuesday. “We’ve made plans for rain and have moved some events under shelters so we’re good to go.”

As for the fireworks, Davis said that technicians have been working since Saturday to put the show together and that all they need is a 15-minute break in the rain to launch.

Despite the rain, there will be no shortage of fireworks in Albany. Officials familiar with the show say that preliminary reports are that the city’s fireworks show will include more rockets than similar shows in Atlanta or Savannah. In comparison, the shear number of fireworks are rumored to be more than a week’s worth of the nightly shows done at Disney’s Magic Kingdom in Orlando.

Still, authorities urge those who plan to attend to dress accordingly and be prepared for rain.