Fourth Of July Fireworks Canceled? Hurricane Arthur Threatens NYC And DC, Moves Boston Pops

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The 2013 Macy's 4th of July Spectacular over the Hudson River. Macy's/Kent Miller Studios

Hurricane Arthur threatens to extinguish Fourth of July firework displays along the east coast this holiday weekend.

And those in the Boston area hoping to see a fireworks show on Independence Day will be disappointed since the pyrotechnic display was pushed to Thursday, a day before America’s birthday, Boston.com reported. So, if viewers didn’t already see it, they missed it. The decision to move the show wasn’t announced until Wednesday afternoon.

“Tomorrow, the third, gets us the best opportunity to get the musical portion of the show and the fireworks show off,” Massachusetts State Police Col. Alben had said during a press conference, according to Boston.com. “In essence, what we plan on doing is taking the July 4 show and moving it up to tomorrow.”

However, Macy’s Fireworks Spectacular in New York City is still on, along with the light display in Washington, but high winds, lightning, and heavy rain generated by Arthur could affect other shows. 

Those who planned to head to the East River in New York City to see the Macy’s extravaganza can text SPARK to 62297 for updates and information.

The same goes for fireworks fans in D.C., who can find out if the show will happen by texting "July4DC" to 888777 or by tracking the National Park Service's Twitter feed, ABC News wrote. The 17-minute pyrotechnic display is expected to begin at 9:10 p.m. EDT.

Don’t assume the show is off just because there is a little rain, Shennell Antrobus, a public information officer with the U.S. Capitol Police, told the news site.

"If there is normal rain, the performance can still go on," Antrobus said. "The clam shell provides protection to the stage." If the weather is determined to be hazardous, however, it will be rescheduled.

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