EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSCharleston Celebrates Early Independence Day
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Reported by: Kera Mashek
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Reported: Jul. 3, 2013 11:15 PM EDT
Updated: Jul. 3, 2013 11:26 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Independence Day celebrations kicked off Wednesday night in the capital city.
It might have been third of July, but fireworks lit up the sky.
It was a pleasant night in Charleston. The threat of storms did put a bit of a damper on festivities, but not for everyone.
Kanawha Boulevard was pretty quiet on the Fourth of July eve.
Some vendors packed up before festivities even started,because of the looming weather threat.
“It's been a little slow tonight,” Chris Zagst, of Nite Lites, said.
But despite some clouds and sprinkles, those who did stick it out said the celebration was worth it.
“We've always done glow necklaces up here,” Zagst said. “Been doing it about 20 years. It's a good event to come out with fireworks and the symphony.”
But the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra played it safe, treating fans to a free indoor concert at the Municipal Auditorium, rather than performing at Haddad Riverfront Park.
Even with a damper put on the event, people were still glad to be out celebrating America's birthday in full holiday style.
The fireworks went off without a hitch and lit up the skyline of Charleston.
The best vantage point was from Kanawha Boulevard downtown and plenty of people came out the check them out.
They popped off around 9:50 p.m. and went for about fifteen minutes.
This year, the company Pyrotechnico was in charge of the display.
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