Wetumpka holiday celebration goes on despite rainPublished 4:38pm Friday, July 5, 2013
Fireworks and humid 90 degree temperatures were the only things missing from Wetumpka’s Fourth of July celebration Thursday night. Bands and vendors were on hand for the annual event, which was moved indoors in the face of widespread rain that blanketed the state.
Activities were originally slated to be held on the grounds of the old Elmore County Courthouse downtown. Forecasts predicting heavy rainfall spurred a Tuesday decision by city officials to move the entertainment portion of the program to the Wetumpka Civic Center. The fireworks show was postponed until July 20 during the River and Blues Music Festival.
“We couldn’t reschedule the bands at that late date,” said Wetumpka Mayor Jerry Willis. “The next best thing we could do was move into the civic center, so that’s what we did.”
A crowd of about 200 attended, with people of all ages taking to the dance floor and socializing with other guests. Red, white and blue lights wrapping some of the columns and a large American flag on stage set the patriotic tone for the evening.
Musical entertainment kicked off with a set by the River City Band and continued with a performance by the Sweet Young’uns.