Fun Fourth turns out to be Fun Seventh as fireworks light up downtown Greensboro on Saturday

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GREENSBORO, N.C. – Fun Fourth, turned out to be Fun Seventh. The Fourth of July fireworks show planned by Downtown Greensboro was cancelled on Wednesday night because of weather.

Event organizers say they were concerned about strong winds, so they moved the fireworks until Saturday night.

Organizers say it was not an easy task to get a full event planned in only three days. Still, they managed to pull together the fireworks show, along with food vendors, live music and fun activities for families downtown.

It all added up to a boom in the skies and also a boom for businesses downtown.

Wednesday's washout of the Fun Fourth is turning into a win for a lot of folks in downtown Greensboro.

"Yes, yes we were very excited when we heard that on the television," Betty Owens said.

Betty and Donnie Owens were the first ones to claim a spot for the fireworks show. They were glad about the change in plans because they couldn't make Wednesday's event.

"No, no we weren't. And we really wanted to see them so I'm glad it rained because we looked forward all day to come to Greensboro to see the fireworks," Donnie Owens said.

It's also turning into a boost for business.

"Anytime we have an event or something, after that event, people kind of filter down over here because it's like the spot," said Christopher Vargas with The Bearded Goat.

He said there was a rush on Wednesday with all of the Fourth of July festivities and they expect more people will turn out tonight as well with the new event.

"It's cool to see people come and hang out here and that usually happens on Saturdays so it's just good to have more events going on in downtown Greensboro," he said.

Next door at Horigan's, Kyle Pagani is preparing for a busier Saturday than usual too.

"It's weird with the Fourth of July falling on a Wednesday this year. So, there's people going out the weekend before and the weekend after, and on the 4th of July too obviously," Pagani said.

He was actually on his way downtown to watch the fireworks on Wednesday when a friend told him about the change of plans. So tonight, he'll be joining in on the fun too.

"So, I think with the fireworks happening on the Saturday, it's the more the merrier I think," he said.

It definitely was not plan A, but the change in plans added an extended Fourth of July celebration for hundreds of people, and businesses downtown as well.

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