Some fireworks displays postponed due to rainy forecast

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Several Fourth of July celebrations that were planned for Saturday have been pushed back due to the inclement weather.

Pawtucket, Warwick and New Bedford are among the communities that have decided to make use of their rain dates after seeing the forecast, which called for unseasonably cold and unsettled weather, with on-and-off showers throughout the day.

New Bedford, Pawtucket, East Providence, North Providence, North Kingstown, Newport, Woonsocket, and Coventry will instead set off their fireworks on Monday, July 5, while Warwick plans to hold its display on the Fourth of July itself and Smithfield pushed theirs back to Friday, July 9.

Glocester’s Ancients and Horribles Parade was held as planned on Saturday, but Friday night’s music and fireworks have been postponed until Saturday, July 10.

The Seekonk Speedway has rescheduled its Independence Day Thrill Show to July 10 from 5-9:30 p.m.

With fireworks displays making a return after being canceled last year, fire officials are urging people to leave it to the professionals and attend one of these events rather than set them off at home.

In Massachusetts, all types of fireworks are illegal for the general public, while in Rhode Island, only ground-based and hand-held sparkling devices are permitted.

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