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Tropical Storm Arthur's path: 4th of July fireworks shows & parade cancellations

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Will 4th of July fireworks shows and parades be canceled due to Tropical Storm Arthur? Weather.com reports that Arthur will bring rain and strong wind gusts as it travels up the east coast. Tropical Storm Arthur will exit the South Carolina area by Friday, but is expected to bring wet weather right through late Friday, July 4, 2014 to North Carolina, southeast Virginia and all the way up the Northeast seaboard.

The wind and wet weather may force some cities and towns, including Boston and Bristol, RI to cancel or postpone their parades and fireworks displays. If you're planning a Fourth of July cookout, keep tabs on the weather over the next few days; you may have to host your party inside if the storm intensifies.

The most recent report from The Weather Channel indicates that Arthur will exit the South Carolina's coastal area by early Friday morning. Heavy rain and strong winds are expected to last through through late Friday night in the coastal areas of North Carolina and the southeastern part of Virginia.

Some areas of the Northeast may experience some rain and wind Thursday night into Friday. In Boston, where the annual Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. on the Esplanade, it is still uncertain if the storm will force the cancellation of the annual 4th of July celebration. In his latest report, Boston.com meteorologist David Epstein writes, "it’s likely we see downpours Friday morning and even into the early afternoon. However, there is the chance we clear later in the afternoon or evening." Of course, the track of the storm is subject to change.

In Rhode Island, where the popular Bristol 4th of July parade takes place on Friday morning, there is a chance of rain. This may or may not force the cancellation of the parade. Check july4thbristolri.com for updates if you are planning to go. WJAR meteorologist Mark Searles latest report indicates that there may be showers on Friday, but "the highest wind and heaviest rain from the storm" should remain offshore.

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