Corpus Christi fireworks moved up, other 4th of July activities nixed

Corpus Christi fireworks moved up, other 4th of July activities nixed


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Expected rainy weather caused a bit of a headache for the City of Corpus Christi’s 4th of July fireworks show.

The National Weather Service sent information throughout the day that a weather system from the north and east of South Texas was heading into the area, and would likely affect fireworks shows and outdoor activities by Wednesday evening.

The City of Corpus Christi initially said they had no plans to cancel the Mayor’s Big Bang Celebration Fireworks Show, but later announced that it would be moved up to 8:30 p.m., about 10 minutes before the new start time. The show was originally scheduled to begin at 9:30 p.m., around the time NWS officials said showers and thunderstorms would begin moving through the area.

The city also cancelled the Harbor Bridge Light Show, during which was meant to be synced with several local radio stations. The Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Park & Ride service continued to shuttle event goers to their vehicles parked at City Hall, officials said.

NWS officials said in a news release that a number of showers and thunderstorms from north and east of South Texas is heading toward the area. As a result, there are chances for the storms to progress into the Corpus Christi area sometime between 9 and 11 p.m.

Not all areas within the Coastal Bend are expected to get rain, but the scattered thunderstorms will create the possibility of moderate to locally heavy rainfall — along with lightning — across South Texas, the release states.

“Although severe weather would be isolated at best, with residents watching or setting off fireworks this evening, these storms will provide hazards to those outside as the storms pass the area,” the release states.

No severe weather or widespread flooding is expected, NWS officials said. Residents are also advised to head indoors when thunder sounds out of precaution.

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