Crowds flock to Morristown Fourth of July celebrations

Crowds flock to Morristown Fourth of July celebrations despite the rain

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"It doesn't bother me. I'll be here," said Morris. "It doesn't bother me. I'll be here," said Morris.
Crowds came out to Cherokee Park to enjoy the live bands and food. Crowds came out to Cherokee Park to enjoy the live bands and food.
"We would have shot it rain or shine," Hamblen County Events Coordinator Jeffrey Dillard said. "The only thing that would've prevented us from doing it was lightning." "We would have shot it rain or shine," Hamblen County Events Coordinator Jeffrey Dillard said. "The only thing that would've prevented us from doing it was lightning."

By SAMANTHA MANNING
6 News Reporter

MORRISTOWN (WATE) - Rain wasn't enough to stop a Fourth of July celebration in Hamblen County from going on as planned.

"It's raining and stuff, but we're having fun. It's a good show," Morristown resident Melvin Gowens said.

Crowds came out to Cherokee Park to enjoy the live bands and food.

"I didn't think there'd be hardly anybody here when we left home because it was raining," resident Jatana Smith said.

Some people said the music is what made them come, and they were prepared whether it rained or not.

"I stopped and bought an umbrella on the way here. I drove and he rode his Harley so that way I wouldn't get wet on the way home," Strawberry Plains resident Kristen Morris said.

Morris came to the show with her husband for their second time. Last year wasn't quite as wet, but they say the rain didn't dampen their good time.

"It doesn't bother me. I'll be here," said Morris.

While several local events were canceled because of the weather, the Hamblen County Event Coordinator said the rain wouldn't stop the show. The show has been in planning since October. 

"We would have shot it rain or shine," Hamblen County Events Coordinator Jeffrey Dillard said. "The only thing that would've prevented us from doing it was lightning."

Fortunately, there was none of that in Morristown on Thursday.

Around 7,100 people showed up to last year's event. Hamblen County officials say they won't know this year's turnout for some time.

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