The Hatch Shell was all set up with lights, chairs and decorations early Thursday morning.Officials announced Wednesday that the Independence Day festivities would be rescheduled due to weather forecasts and the threat of Hurricane Arthur. The celebration will now be held Thursday, which officials believe will be the best day for weather. The show is scheduled to start at 8 p.m.
Lightning and 20 mile per hour or more sustained winds could cause the fireworks to be canceled again Thursday and pushed back to Saturday.
"We've been closely monitoring the weather," a Homeland Security official said Thursday morning. "Given the timing and the size of the show and the production, we had to go with the best information that we have right now."
"Well we can't control the weather," one man said.
"I feel really bad about it, " a Boston resident said. "Having been in other places on the Fourth of July, there's no place like Boston. I mean it's the place to be. Independence Day means more somehow here."
Many are wondering why officials didn't reschedule the event to Saturday. Musical contracts were one of the factors, as the Beach Boys have a performance scheduled in Long Island on July 5 and officials want everyone to be able to enjoy all of the musical acts including the Boston Pops and Joey McIntyre from New Kids on the Block.
Unlike most years, when spectators can show up early in the day to get a spot, secure areas will not be opened until 5 p.m. Thursday for the festivities, but the Esplanade will be open as usual.
Storrow Drive will close at noon and Memorial Drive will close at 6 p.m. along with the Mass. Avenue and Longfellow bridges. Other road closures will remain the same as they would have been on Friday, July 4.
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