Update — 9 p.m. — No doubt about it now
Countdown to liftoff — the rain has subsided and we’re all ready to go.
Mayor Svante Myrick posted the following on his Facebook page a little after 8 p.m.:
“Consulted with meteorologist. The rain has slowed considerably. They believe the rain will stop completely by 7:45.
Tough call but the fireworks vendors, as well as thousands of people in Stewart and Cass Park are all set up.
Besides, maybe life stops for a little rain in Berkley. But this is Ithaca. Bad weather comes with the territory.”
We’ll see you there.
Update – 7:11 p.m. – Fireworks still set to go
We’ve gotten some calls and emails tonight from readers wondering if the fireworks are still ready for launch.
So we asked the mayor. He says that the fireworks are still scheduled “as of now.”
“The rain is supposed to stop any minute now. If it doesn’t, we will see,” he said.
We’ll update this story again a little closer to prime time.
Ithaca, N.Y. — Despite forecasted thunderstorms, the Ithaca Community Fireworks Celebration will go on tonight in Stewart Park from 6 to 10 p.m, according to Mayor Svante Myrick.
A line of storms will move through the Ithaca area, but they are expected to clear by 6 p.m., according to Downtown Ithaca Alliance.
From live music to all-American cuisine to children’s games and a bounce house, the event promises to go off with a bang. Fireworks launch at 9:45 p.m., according to a release from the Ithaca Community Fireworks.
The brights bursts of color can be seen from around the City of Ithaca area, but the official celebration will take place in downtown Ithaca, according to the release.
Myrick worked to bring back the fireworks to the City of Ithaca to celebrate the July 4th holiday in 2012. He called the a event a “celebration of our country’s independence, and a celebration of our entire community.”
“I worked hard to bring the fireworks back because Independence Day has always been my favorite holiday,” Myrick said in the release. “It’s one night where every family – no matter where you live, how much money you make, or what your political beliefs are – can come together and look up at the same shared night sky.”
Want to attend the event? Park at Boyton Middle School or Ithaca High School and walk across the street to the celebration.
The TCAT bus will also be providing free rides from downtown Ithaca to Stewart Park. Stops include the Green Street station, the Seneca Street station, and the Albany Street stop, as well as stops on Cayuga Street in Fall Creek.
There is limited parking at Stewart Park, according to the Downtown Ithaca Alliance. They advise avoiding the traffic by taking the bus.
If it is storming, wait to come down to the celebration, says the Downtown Ithaca Alliance.
“Please use caution and wait for the storms to move through before coming to Stewart Park,” they said.