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Despite rain, patriotic show goes on in Lawrenceville

Staff Photo: John Bohn Fireworks explode as rain falls during a Prelude to the 4th celebration held at the historic courthouse in Lawrenceville Tuesday evening.

Staff Photo: John Bohn Fireworks explode as rain falls during a Prelude to the 4th celebration held at the historic courthouse in Lawrenceville Tuesday evening.

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Staff Photo: John Bohn Adelyn Thompson, 3, of Raburn County, holds a United States flag while listening to music during the Prelude to the 4th celebration held at the historic courthouse in Lawrenceville Tuesday evening.

LAWRENCEVILLE — God bless America, and thank God it didn’t rain — too hard, anyway.

Patriotic patrons braved the weather and celebrated America’s independence early Tuesday, huddling under umbrellas on the lawn of Lawrenceville’s Historic Courthouse to enjoy a live show and fireworks. Intermittent rain and a few bolts of lightning aside, several hundred visitors enjoyed the city’s Prelude to the 4th festivities.

The fireworks were shortened and moved up by about 45 minutes — aided by the sky darkened by clouds — but the show went on.

“We’re trying to get a jump on the crowd and see fireworks today,” said Lawrenceville resident Missey Wallace, sons Darius and Jayden in tow. “I told them I think it’s raining on our parade ... but they’re still excited. So far, so good.”

Prior to the fireworks, the Aurora Theatre put on an outdoor performance of “Big River,” the musical adaptation of Mark Twain’s classic novel “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” Umbrellas began sprouting in the crowd just after the production began at about 7:30 p.m.

The on-again, off-again rain showers were so persistent throughout the night that “Huck Finn” ad-libbed mid-story.

“Now the river was still in a flood,” he said, interrupted by a clap of thunder before adding, “just like we’re all about to be.”