He joked that people who think the city didn’t have fireworks are mistaken.
“They’ve been going off ever since (the Fourth of July),” he said, noting that he’s received numerous calls and complaints over the decision to cancel the event because of a threat of rain. The decision was made early in the day based on preliminary weather reports, but it didn’t actually rain that evening.
He said that as a result of discussions with other elected officials, it was decided Veterans’ Day would be the best day to hold the event.
“We want to make this the biggest celebration for veterans we’ve ever had,” Payne said.
The crowd applauded at the announcement of the decision.
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