Forecast prompts Duluth, Superior to postpone Fourth of July celebrations

Fourth Fest at Bayfront Park moves to Friday; new date for Superior festivities still in the air

Fireworks explode in the distance as people watch from Gateway Plaza near the concrete sail sculpture between West Michigan Street and West Superior Street in Duluth on Sunday evening, July 4, 2021. Due to forecasted poor weather, Duluth and Superior officials have moved their Fourth of July fireworks shows.
Jed Carlson / 2021 File / Superior Telegram
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DULUTH — Poor predicted weather prompted Twin Ports organizers on Monday to postpone the remainder of their Fourth of July festivities.

Two men carry a freezer.
Dean Homme, left, and Alex Nashton move a freezer from the All Star Catering food booth in Bayfront Festival Park to a truck on Monday, July 4, 2022, after Fourth Fest was postponed because of poor weather conditions.
Steve Kuchera / Duluth News Tribune

Staff at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center are pushing back their scheduled “Fourth Fest” at Bayfront Festival Park to Friday, July 8. Meanwhile, Superior city administrators have postponed the remainder of their downtown celebration to an as-yet-unannounced date.

Staff at the National Weather Service’s office in Duluth predict light to moderate rain will move across the area Monday afternoon, including isolated or scattered showers and thunderstorms between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., according to Meteorologist Ketzel Levens. The chances of rain drop to about 50% between 7 and 9 p.m. before falling dramatically after that.

Even if it’s not raining, though, Levens said, weather service staff still predict a foggy, windy evening.

Gulls stand in the rain.
Gulls hang out near closed food booths in a soggy Bayfront Festival Park on Monday July 4.
Steve Kuchera / Duluth News Tribune

This story was updated at 4:12 p.m. July 4 with photos from Bayfront Festival Park. It was originally posted at 1:48 p.m. July 4.

Joe Bowen is an award-winning reporter at the Duluth News Tribune. He covers schools and education across the Northland.

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