July 4, 2013

No fireworks in Dalton

Weather forces cancellation of Dalton holiday celebration

Charles Oliver

— The Independence Day festivities scheduled for Heritage Point Park for today have been canceled because of the threat of extreme weather.

Dalton Parks and Recreation Department Director Steve Card said city officials decided to cancel the event after consultation with the city police and fire departments and the Whitfield County Emergency Management Agency.

“It looks like we are going to get six and eight inches of rain between (Wednesday night) and Friday morning with possible flooding,” Card said. “There’s also the possibility of thunderstorms during that period. We thought that canceling would be the best thing for the safety of the community.”

Card said the city’s contract with the firm that would provide the fireworks scheduled for tonight said that the show had to take place either on July 4 or July 5. He said that even if the rain ends today the company would not have time to set up for Friday.

“With over 1,000 rounds scheduled to be fired it would take them about a day-and-a-half to set up. And we just won’t have a period where it will be safe and dry for them to set up,” he said.

The posting of American flags at the Whitfield County Courthouse has also been canceled because of the threat of extreme weather. The next day that the flags are scheduled to be posted is Patriots Day, Sept. 11.