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Persistent rain that was part of a system that continued to redevelop Thursday evening over the southwestern part of Nash County caused the annual Castalia Fourth of July to end a few hours earlier than planned, including a postponement of the community's annual fireworks extravaganza.
The call to postpone was made around 8:15 p.m. as a steady rain and sporadic lightning continued to keep those who were attempting to weather the storm in their cars and under picnic shelters.
Originally the town had planned to delay the display to Friday night, but a logistics snag, coupled with an opportunity to bring the display to another scheduled event, caused the town to postpone the display to Saturday, Aug. 3.
"We are going to have to postpone the fireworks until our Family Fun Day in Castalia Community Park in August," said Castalia Mayor Ellene Leonard. "The fireworks will blast off that evening at 9:15 p.m."
The month-long delay may end up being somewhat of a blessing for the Aug. 3 event as fireworks displays have shown to increase attendance at outdoor community activities, even though the main event that day is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The day was not a complete washout, however; many of the earlier planned events went on prior to the storms moving into the area, keeping the annual tradition of the Fourth of July in Castalia and Small Town USA alive for another year.