Heavy showers put damper on Fourth; more expected

After all of Gwinnett County's fireworks were postponed or canceled Wednesday night due to storms, the rain continued through Independence Day putting a damper on patriotic parties.

Luckily, nothing else was canceled Thursday. Earlier in the week, Loganville, Lake Lanier Island Resorts and Snellville changed their Thursday festivities to later dates.

Despite the soggy weather, the Mall of Georgia, Stone Mountain Park and Braselton shot off their fireworks for the Fourth.

With the downpours, Gwinnett has received 1.5 to 2.3 inches of rain since Wednesday. With so much water in the area, metro Atlanta is under a flash flood watch until 8 p.m. Friday.

As of Thursday evening, there weren't any flash floods reported to the Gwinnett County Fire Department, said spokesman Lt. Colin Rhoden.

According to the National Weather Service's website, there is more rain in store.

"Although the rainfall may not be as widespread as (Wednesday) or (Thursday), there will still be periods of moderate to heavy rainfall in showers and thunderstorms through early next week," the site said. "There is some concern that accumulating high rainfall totals may lead to more significant flooding across the area."

There is an 80 percent chance of rain Friday with as much as three quarters of an inch extra water on the ground.

Loganville's and Lake Lanier's party plans were moved to Saturday. Snellville moved the annual Star Spangled Snellville event to Aug. 31.

Stone Mountain Park's fireworks and Lasershow Spectacular continues today and Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day with a Lasershow at 9:30 p.m. The cost is $28 for adults, $22 for children and $10 for parking.