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Chincoteague Prepares for 4th of July Despite Tropical Storm

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CHINCOTEAGUE, Va.- The Fourth of July is a special holiday for many across Delmarva. It's especially a big holiday for those celebrating in Chincoteague.

Cars are starting to roll into town and people are excited about the celebrations.

"It should be great," said Azure Hall of Virginia. "It's one of my favorite holidays."

But with Tropical Storm Arthur threatening to dampen the celebration, emergency officials are staying optimistic.

Chincoteague will hold a carnival and set off a public fireworks display. They don't think Mother Nature will get in the way.

"We're hoping the rain is out of here in time like it's forecast," said Emergency Management Coordinator, Bryan Rush. "But if not we will have the festivities on July the 5th the same thing."

Still, some people are worried about their plans.

"I'm really concerned," said Azure Hall. "The hurricanes are kind of a big deal. If it gets too bad we might get washed away."

Others remain hopeful.

"I'm hoping it will push off the coast a little bit because that's what everyone is saying it's going to do," said Adam Hall of Virginia. "So maybe we won't get too much rain."

The town has a rain date set for Saturday just in case. They say if it comes to it, all of the activities scheduled for Friday will take place Saturday.

But they hope they can celebrate America's Birthday rain free.

"We want them to see why we were rated the happiest seaside town in all of America by Coastal Magazine," said Town Manager, Robert Ritter.

Town officials say they expect large crowds to come into town for the holiday. They urge people to take advantage of the free transportation the town is providing to get to the carnival. The transportation will take people from Chincoteague High School and take them directly to the carnival grounds for the festivities. They hope this will cut down on the traffic and road closures.

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