Will July 4th fireworks shows in the Midlands be ruined by bad weather? What to know

Joshua Boucher/jboucher@thestate.com

While rain is expected in the Midlands over the July 4th holiday weekend, the chances any fireworks shows will be washed out are slim, experts say.

According to the National Weather Service, there’s a 60% chance of rain on Friday, mainly before 7 p.m.; a 50% chance of showers mainly before 9 p.m. on Saturday; a 50% chance of showers mainly before 9 p.m. on Sunday; and a 50% chance of showers after 3 p.m. on Monday.

“We are going to have chances of rain all the way through Monday and the biggest chances of rain on Friday and Saturday,” said Leonard Vaughan, NWS meteorologist. “But it’ll be like what we’ve had lately … it won’t last long.”

There are multiple fireworks shows planned in the Midlands over the holiday weekend, from the Independence Day Celebration at the Lexington Icehouse Amphitheater on Friday to one at the end of the Columbia Fireflies baseball game on Monday.

Forecasts show that most of the rain each day should fall before scheduled fireworks celebrations begin.

But while there likely won’t be a ton of rain over the weekend, expect higher temperatures, Vaughan said.

“Temperatures will warm up a little bit … in the upper 80s on Saturday and around 90 degrees on Sunday,” he said. “It will be rather humid like what we’ve been having.”