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Thunderstorms postpone Kirby Park fireworks

Heavy rain and thunderstorms forced officials to cancel Fourth of July fireworks in Kirby Park on Wednesday, July 4, 2018.

The strong storms forced officials to postpone one of the largest 4th of July celebrations in our area.

"It's not a good year here. Hopefully Sunday will be better,” vendor Deborah Villano said.

Wednesday’s Fourth of July celebrations in Kirby Park didn't go as planned for many visitors and vendors.

"We were expecting a lot of people, a lot of kids, a lot of fun today and sun! That's what I was hoping for. But this is what we got,” vendor Michael Brown said.

Earlier in the afternoon, the city decided to postpone the fireworks celebrations until Sunday night.

"I was kind of sad, but I'm like, 'oh, I can still wait until the day they show it,” Joshua Lopez, of Wilkes-Barre, said.

With the forecast calling for rain the next few days, the rides will remain still until Saturday night.

In the meantime, Lopez and his family decided to get some ice cream before heading home to get dry.

"With the rain, now we're just going to go home and probably enjoy a movie at home with the air conditioner on and just kick back and enjoy the rest of the day,” Jacqueline Lopez said.

Melissa Getz and her friends drove here from Benton.

While mostly everything was already shut down, she did manage to get what she came for.

"The food vendors are still here. I got my gyro. Can't beat the Gyro King down here,” Getz exclaimed.

No one here may have had a worse day than Villano, who's been a vendor for 25 years.

"It's rained before, we've had this happen but, you know. Well, I've never had a tree fall on me before,” she said.

Villano had just gotten up from her chair to go under the tent, when a huge limb fell off this tree and damaged her car.

"Broke the window, there was glass all inside all over myself, there's a big dent in the top and the side,” Villano added.

Luckily no one was injured, but she was glad to go home.

Despite that this event is typically good for business.

"At night we get a really good crowd and all the vendors do well, so we're all kind of disappointed that it had to rain, but we've been through it before,” she said.

Many of the vendors say they'll be back here Saturday as well to hopefully make up for the money they lost here today.

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