Fireworks dazzle crowd a day late

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – The fireworks at Dogwood Dell were better late than never this year! The show finally went off Tuesday night without a hitch after storms washed out the July 4th show.

They say anything good is worth waiting for. The crowd at Byrd Park didn't seem to have a problem celebrating America's independence on July 5th.

We introduced you to the Stafford family Monday night. Grandma Nancy, ten kids and 17 grandkids got soaked to the bone when Mother Nature put a literal damper on their plans.  Despite that adventure, there was no question they'd be attending the rain date.

"My son-in-law has been watching the Doppler and he said 'hey it looks like it's good to go' so we're here," Nancy explained.

After dragging the belongings for the large clan through a virtual deluge on July 4th, they made a few adjustments.

"The kids called and they said 'let's do it,'' Nancy told NBC12. "No food this time though; eat before you come."

For the Staffords and a couple thousand Richmonders who finally got to watch the dazzling display, that wasn't the only lesson learned.

"We need to remember that there's more to the Fourth of July than the fireworks," Nancy told the younger children in the family.

Tam Evans agreed. Even a day late she choked up during the traditional 1812 Overture. She was thankful she didn't lose her chance to see the fireworks. Had the city canceled Tuesday night, it would not have been rescheduled.

"The 4th of July should be in our hearts every day," Evans said. "We should thank our lucky stars everyday that we live in this country."

This did not cost the city too much extra cash. The staffing for the rain delay is built into the contracts for the fireworks engineers and concert band. There is an extra expense, however, to have some other positions for an extra day.

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