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Expected rain causes cities to alter Fourth of July plans

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MARIETTA, GA (CBS ATLANTA) -

Break out your umbrellas and your rain boots. Forecasters predict it's going to be a wet Fourth of July.

Cities around metro Atlanta are making plans in case of bad weather. For some, the show will go on. Others are already canceling, or postponing festivities.

Rich Buss, the director of Parks and Recreation for Marietta, says the city is ready to host its annual parade and fireworks show.

A heavy downpour and lightning could threaten the city's plans.

Buss says officials may wait right up until Thursday morning to decide if the weather is severe enough to cancel the parade and postpone the fireworks until Friday.

"A real heavy downpour? The likelihood is we may cancel," Buss said. "We don't want them standing out in the midst of the lightning, obviously."

Businesses that depend on the big crowds could feel the impact of inclement weather as well.

"It's kind of a let down when they cancel it," said Bryan Griggs, who tends bar at Willie Rae's restaurant on Marietta Square.

The restaurant is hoping for a big Independence Day, but the high likelihood of heavy rain and lightning could dampen the chance of a big crowd.

"It would hurt us a little that day, but we'll still get some people coming in," Griggs said.

Lilburn has already postponed its Fourth of July celebration until Sept. 1, said Nikki Perry, a city spokeswoman.

Andy Curless, who attends the fireworks display at the local park each year said that's IOK by him.

"Even if people come out with umbrellas and it wasn't that bad of a storm, it really puts a damper on things," Curless said. "We have a lot of flooding that can happen and definitely don't want to put people at risk."

Jenny Hammett plans to walk in the Marietta parade, but bad weather may douse her plans.

"It's going to be extremely disappointing. Heck, they shouldn't cancel it. We've had so much rain, they should give us all umbrellas," Hammett joked.

Click here for other cities that have altered Fourth of July plans.

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