COVINGTON -- Due to the threat of severe weather on the Fourth of July, the cities of Covington and Porterdale have rescheduled their celebrations to Saturday and the city of Oxford has canceled its Fourth of July parade.
The Covington City Council voted Monday to move its celebration to Saturday. Organizer Mack McKibben said this will necessitate some changes to the lineup, but American Idol runner-up Bo Bice will still perform.
The new lineup is as follows:
T.K. Adams and the Community Band, 5 p.m.
Central Community Church Praise Team, 6 p.m.
Xavier Gordon Trio, 6:35 p.m.
Church at Covington Praise Team, 7:15 p.m.
Drew Parker Band, 7:55 p.m.
Mack McKibben and Drive Time, 8:30 p.m.
Bo Bice, 9:15 p.m.
McKibben praised the "enormous cooperation" between all departments working to put on the publicly/privately funded event.
"They have just done a tremendous job," he said.
On Monday the city of Porterdale announced it has rescheduled its festivities to Saturday, as well. All previously announced times and activities will remain the same. The event kicks off at 4 p.m. and includes a parade, live music, wrestling, a spider bungee jump and concludes with fireworks at dark. The parade begins at 4 p.m. at Porterdale Baptist Church. All are welcome to participate and encouraged to wear red, white and blue. TNG Band will perform from 4-9 p.m. Platinum Championship Wrestling will present the "Double Cage Firework Battle on Hemlock" from 5-8 p.m.
Both events will have fireworks at dark. In Covington, for those who don't want to brave the crowd downtown, fireworks will also be visible from Newton Plaza on U.S. Highway 278.
Also, the city of Oxford has canceled its parade, previously scheduled for Thursday morning.
The National Weather Service is predicting an 80 percent chance of rain Thursday, and a 40 percent chance Thursday night. A Hazardous Weather Outlook issued by the National Weather Service in Peachtree City predicts prolonged heavy rainfall and strong to severe storms through Friday. A flash flood watch is in effect for eastern and northern portions of the state. Frequent and dangerous lightning, wind gusts of 60 mph or greater and hail will be possible. The NWS urges those planning outdoor activities to monitor the latest forecasts.