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Parade Organizers Paying Close Attention To Fourth Forcast

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ROWAN COUNTY, NC (WBTV) -

Headlights, windshield wipers and even umbrellas all offered a puzzling picture of what may lie ahead in the Rowan County Community of Faith.

Year after year the North Carolina town offers one of the biggest Independence Day celebrations in our region, and from the way the main drag with is decked out with red, white, and the blue folks here welcome the traffic.

Brenda Welch runs the downtown Soda shop, and says the prediction rain carries its share of risk.

"It's a great day for this community," she said. "We will be here with bells on and we look forward to the day regardless."

Uncertainty can be felt in East Charlotte's Hickory Grove Community.

Planners are proceeding with caution.

A wet forecast isn't stopping preparations here.

Folks at the Grove Presbyterian Church aren't slowing down with preparations for the floats, and students at the summer freedom school spent the afternoon making signs that they will carry in the parade.

Susan Lindsay is an organizer with the Hickory Grove Parade Association

"We don't want anyone to be in danger with the weather, so thunderstorms are one issue, "she said. " Light rain like this just for the fun of it or teaching your kids how to celebrate a little bit of splatter isn't gonna make a whole lot of difference."

Back in Faith, there will be a celebration regardless.

The front page of the Salisbury Post says it will happen come rain or shine, but folks at the A and L mini mart are expressing optimism in anticipation of the busiest day of the year.

Cindy Freeman grew up in Faith and runs the family business.

"I believe that we'll have a good turnout," She said.

The parade at Hickory Grove parade is set to begin at 10 o'clock on the morning of the Fourth.

It will start at the Hickory Grove Recreation Center on Pence Road and end at the Grove Presbyterian Church at Harris Boulevard and Milton Road.

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