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July 4? Arthur moves celebrations to 3rd or 5th

Published: Thursday, July 3, 2014 1:30 p.m. CDT
(AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)
In this photo taken on Wednesday, July 2, 2014, a crew with Western Enterprises Inc. covers a row of fireworks shells that have been loaded into launching tubes at Balloon Fiesta Park in Albuquerque, N.M., for the city's annual Fourth of July festival. Officials in New Mexico and other drought-stricken states in the West have been urging residents to attend public fireworks displays rather than lighting their own fireworks due to dry conditions and high fire danger.

NEW YORK — Americans are preparing to celebrate the nation's 238th birthday, but Hurricane Arthur is forcing several East Coast cities to switch the dates of their Independence Day shows.

And throughout parts of the drought-stricken West, fire officials are warning residents to take precautions when lighting fireworks.

Boston authorities announced that the annual Boston Pops concert and fireworks show would be moved from Friday to Thursday because of potential heavy rain.

Augusta, Maine, moved its fireworks display to Aug. 2 while several New Hampshire cities moved their fireworks shows to either Saturday or Sunday. Cities in New Jersey also moved fireworks to Sunday.

In New York City the annual Macy's fireworks show will be back on the East River after five years on the Hudson River. A spokesman said the show will go on regardless of weather.

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