LOUDON, TN (WVLT) - The city of Loudon will be quiet on July 4th without it's annual fireworks show. The city planned to host the event at Municipal Park, but hot, dry weather means it was cancelled instead.
The day began with a Fourth of July parade downtown. Dozens lined the streets to watch floats, fire trucks, tractors and more go by. But as soon as it was over, many left for Lenoir City's parade and to head off to events in other cities or home to do their own.
"We're going to do our own fireworks tonight out over the water. Some of our neighbors are coming. And we'll have a good time and avoid the heavy crowds," said Jim Bates of Monroe County.
Local business hopes to see a boom from the cancellation.
"I think more people will come in rather than if it were a normal fourth of July with all the stuff because, you know, everyone would be grouped up and going to see those things. And now that they can't go see those things, I think they may want to come get some ice cream and cool down," said Emily Best, an employee at Tic Toc Ice Cream Parlor.
Loudon's Parks and Rec department has already purchased the fireworks. It hopes to reschedule the festivities in about four or five weeks with a possible relocation.