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Tallahassee 4th Plans a 'Go' Rain or Shine

By: Matt Galka Email
By: Matt Galka Email

Tallahassee, FL -- Tallahassee's parks and recreation crew were doing some last minute touch ups to some of the landscape at Tom Brown park on Tuesday.

The city will hold their annual "Celebrate America" event on the Fourth of July, even if there's some wet weather.

"You know the weather's always a concern with us, we just need to plan for it, and try to deal with it the best we can, we always push forward," said Mario Palmentieri of the city's Parks and Rec department.

Palmentieri is in charge of the city's 4th plans. He said they've never had to cancel the event because of rain in the past.

"Rain or shine...the show must go on," he laughed.

Getting the park red, white, and blue ready is no easy task. The main stage and vendors will start to pour in on Wednesday. With a big turnout expected, the Tallahassee Police Department beefs up their patrols for crowd control.

"A lot of our citizens come out for it, so we have over 70 officers that will be working on the day of the event," said TPD Officer Dave Northway.

The week long prep is all worth it for Palmentieri in the end.

"I just love being able to sit down here and look up and see everyone participating and having a good time, and then of course the fireworks go off and we get to clean up!"

As for a price tag, Palmentieri said it's tough to put a number on it. The city tries to get $120,000 of sponsorship money. The fireworks shows typically cost $800 to $1000 per minute. The city's show goes on for 20 minutes.


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