July 4? Arthur moves celebrations to 3rd or 5th

Fireworks light up the sky over the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, and the U.S. Capitol on July 4, 2012 in Washington, DC. July 4th is a national holiday with the nation celebrating its 236th birthday.  (Mark Wilson, Getty Images)
Fireworks light up the sky over the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, and the U.S. Capitol on July 4, 2012 in Washington, DC. July 4th is a national holiday with the nation celebrating its 236th birthday. (Mark Wilson, Getty Images)
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Updated: 7/03 12:04 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans are preparing to celebrate the nation's 238th birthday, but Hurricane Arthur is forcing several East Coast cities to switch the dates of their Independence Day shows.

And throughout parts of the drought-stricken West, fire officials are warning residents to take precautions when lighting fireworks.

Boston authorities announced that the annual Boston Pops concert and fireworks show would be moved from Friday to Thursday because of potential heavy rain.

Augusta, Maine, moved its fireworks display to Aug. 2 while several New Hampshire cities moved their fireworks shows to either Saturday or Sunday. Cities in New Jersey also moved fireworks to Sunday.

In New York City the annual Macy's fireworks show will be back on the East River after five years on the Hudson River. A spokesman said the show will go on regardless of weather.

 

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