AMESBURY — The threat of thunderstorms has postponed tonight’s annual Amesbury Days July 4th fireworks show until Friday at 9:15 p.m., the mayor’s office announced yesterday.
The concert leading into the fireworks as well as the food vendors and games scheduled to run from 5 to 9 p.m. today at Woodsom Farm have also been moved to Friday.
Mayor Thatcher Kezer announced the postponement about 12:30 p.m. yesterday after weather forecasts showed a high probability of showers and thunderstorms throughout the afternoon and into the evening.
Kezer said the decision was made in large part because any significant rain throughout the day would have an adverse impact on the festivities.
“The behind-the-scenes efforts for the July 4 festivities begin early in the afternoon,” Kezer said in a press release. “Even a late-afternoon downpour could pose safety threats to those involved in the set-up procedures.”
Kezer said moving the display to Friday would give everyone a bigger bang for their buck and a better experience overall. The National Weather Service is forecasting ideal conditions for Friday, with temperatures expected to be around 68 degrees by nightfall.
Kate Broughton, chairwoman of the Amesbury Days Committee, said the city opted for a postponement in hopes of avoiding a repeat of what happened last year when a similar storm moved through Amesbury on July 4. The city went ahead with the fireworks nonetheless, but the size of the crowd on hand for the show was significantly reduced.
“What happened last year was, even though there was this huge storm coming through, you could tell on the radar it was going to pass,” Broughton said. “But at that point, the musicians were soaked, the tents were ruined, and even though it all cleared by the time the fireworks went off, hardly anyone had stuck around.”