Blame it on the rain: Fourth of July dampened by weather

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Several events postponed but fireworks vendors march on

A holiday hailed for its family traditions and public celebrations of American freedom was derailed slightly Thursday when a band of rain couched in the region, dropping buckets of rainfall and forcing delays to several events.

Elizabethtown and Rineyville postponed their celebrations and fireworks displays Thursday while Fort Knox scaled back its activities from Brooks Field to Sadowski Center. Fireworks tents also felt the chilly touch of the rain, but some vendors said their regular customers were soldiering on and making purchases despite the dreary weather.

Elizabethtown’s second annual Founders’ Day Celebration was rained out at Freeman Lake Park but will be rescheduled for a later date, said Events Coordinator Sarah Vaughn. Vaughn said a date should be firmed up by Friday as the city tries to avoid any conflicts with the Hardin County Fair next week.

Rumble over Rineyville, meanwhile, will make another attempt at 9:30 p.m. tonight at Rineyville Community Ballpark.

Mick LaGrange, owner of Mauckport Fireworks Too on U.S. 31W between Elizabethtown and Radcliff, said the rain had put the store behind on its sales but it had benefited from having a brick and mortar building to house its fireworks as opposed to a tent.

“It has slowed people up to some extent,” he said of the weather.

LaGrange said patrons were not being forced to stand in the mud and fireworks were not left out in the elements on pallets at his business

“(But) I would like to see it a little more clear,’ he said.

LaGrange said most of the aerial and artillery fireworks will still function in rainy weather so long as there is not a consistent downpour.

“Of course, it’s not very comfortable sitting out in the rain watching it,” he said.

Chad Perry, manager of the MAD Fireworks tent in the former E.W. James Supermarket parking lot in Elizabethtown, said there was a lag Thursday morning, but many of his regular customers started making the rounds after noon. The tent had a steady flow of shoppers around 3 p.m.

“It’s America, and people are going to celebrate the Fourth of July either way,” Perry said.

Perry said MAD Fireworks has occupied the same spot since all fireworks were legalized in the state a few years ago. Since then, they have built a client list of repeat customers who seek them out because of their quality products and competitive prices.

“They’re going to have their parties today, rain or shine,” he said.

Marty Finley can be reached at (270) 505-1762 or mfinley@thenewsenterprise.com