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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- The wet weather has put a damper on the Fourth of July plans and sales in Winston-Salem.

"Its been a lot of rain past 5 or 6 days," said Neal Connolly who sells fireworks on Peter's Creek Parkway. "Sales have been down somewhat looking for some better weather."

Connolly and some other business are hoping the forecast of 40% chance of rain on the Fourth will give them just enough sunshine to salvage this years sales.

"It's putting a downer on the spirit," said Rheanna Abernathy who doesn't plan to let the worst weather keep her family from their 4th of July cookout. "I'm hoping it don't get rained out but even if it does we still are going to eat a lot of food."

Lower gas prices are making the holiday weekend travels a lot brighter. AAA of the Carolina's is reporting prices down across the state except in the Asheville area.