Fourth of July festival remains on schedule despite threat of brief rain

July 4, 2014 at 2:04 a.m.

A thundershower is expected to drift through the Victoria area during the next two hours but is expected to diminish in time for a scheduled fireworks display co-sponsored by the city.

Todd Beal, meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said the storm may produce gusts up to 50 mph and some cloud-to-gound lightning. However, when the sun goes down, the daytime heat will dissipate, and the storm's intensity is expected to diminish.

"That is the trend we are anticipating," Beal said.

Victoria's July Fourth, sponsored by the city and Hartman Distributing Co., is expected to occur on schedule as of 5:30 p.m.

The festivities will be at the Victoria Community Center grounds, 2905 E. North St., with live entertainment expected to begin at 6 p.m.

The fireworks remain on schedule to begin at 9:30 p.m. and will be synchronized to music that plays around the center, said Jay Soule, Hartman Distributing Co. special event coordinator.

Soule said one band, Bleu Edmondson, will not perform, but musical entertainment is expected throughout the evening.

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