CLICK HEREto see a bit of the fireworks at the Lincolnton High School Stadium by Lincoln Herald Staff Photographer Kirk Herbertson.
Wayne Howard Reporter
Those showers that other events had dodged on Thursday, Friday and Saturday finally showed up for Lincolnton's Independence celebration Sunday evening.
It started drizzling about 6 o'clock. By 7:15, there was a steady rain. But at about 7:45 it stopped, and Lincolnton's Independence parade got underway at 8:30 as planned. Unfortunately, a heavy downpour struck about 8:45 just as the front end of the parade was making its way into the Lincolnton High School parking lot.
The rain then continued off and on until about 9:15 but exited the area toward the east before 9:30 when the program preceding the fireworks was scheduled.
The winners of the Downtown Development Association's Window Decorating Contest and winners from parade entries were announced during the program.
2016 Fourth of July Window Decorating Contest Winners:
1st Place – Cacki-Jacks Consignments
2nd Place – Treasures On Main
3rd Place – Estate Jewelers
4th Place – Noblot Jewelers
2016 Fourth of July Parade Entry Winners:
1st Place – Vale’s Little Choo Choo – Troy Mayhew
2nd Place – Renaissance Realty & Estate Sales – Caroline Brown
3rd Place – Carol Childers
4th Place – Sound City – Steve Silva
There's little doubt that the weather diminished both the number of people who came to watch the parade and fireworks and the number of entries as some chose not to come because of the weather.
Other Independence celebrations scheduled for Monday were hoping for better weather conditions. Westport had its parade at 10 AM; Maiden at 10:30; and Crouse at 4 PM.
There are other area events for July 4th in Casar, Gastonia, Dallas and Kings Mountain, all involving fireworks Monday night.
The forecast is for some more scattered showers during the afternoon and early evening, but the chance goes down later so if the events can either dodge the weather or wait for it to pass (like Lincolnton did Sunday), the fireworks shows should be just fine.
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