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After a promising sunny launch to last week’s return of the boat races in Kingston, down came the rain and washed the town’s premier Fourth of July festivities out.
While the holiday itself is a memory, officials still plan to celebrate Independence Day the Kingston way this Saturday.
Music, children’s games, food and craft vendors, a car show, watermelon-eating contest and the homemade raft race will be a daylong affair along Kingston’s waterfront, with the traditional fireworks show ending activities with a bang.
Officials held out hopes for the annual fireworks, dubbed Smokin’ the Water, even as the torrential downpours dampened spirits and prompt-
ed other East Tennessee municipalities to put their displays on hold.
Kingston’s first casualty of the continuous rainfall was the Wednesday night parade.
While showers continued, city officials crossed their fingers the weatherman would get this one wrong and the rain would cease for the fireworks show.
They were wrong on both counts.
As Mother Nature cranked up the waterworks and planned her own loud lightshow in the form of thunderstorms, Kingston officials finally bowed to her by calling for the fireworks show postponement at about 8 a.m. on the Fourth.
The boat races continued. Though plans initially called for the other activities to resume on schedule, they, too, were postponed as the rain came down.
Hopefully, the weatherman will be 2-0 on Saturday. On July 5, Weather.com’s forecast for Kingston calls for mostly cloudy skies with a 20-percent chance of rain on Saturday.
Keep your fingers crossed.