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PINE MOUNTAIN, GA (WTVM) -

It's an event that draws visitors to our region in droves, and after being postponed due to bad weather, fireworks were finally set off at Callaway Gardens on Saturday. 

This may not have been the best day, or week, to watch fireworks, but the rain and clouds didn't stop thousands from attending festivities.

Park officials said on a normal weekend, they expect as many fifteen thousand spectators at the beach for the yearly concert headlined by the Swing'n Medallions. The band was originally supposed to perform here on the real 4th of July, but their appearance was postponed, along with the fireworks, and rescheduled for tonight.  Faithful followers of the decades-long tradition extended their vacations and braved a gloomy day, all the while risking another cancellation, but they were rewarded in the end.

"We came here to enjoy the water and just sitting down.  It started raining and everyone ran off, so we decided to stay here for the live bands," said Rico Garcia, visiting from Texas.

Rene Esler and her family came from Atlanta to see the show, "We came on the Fourth of July for them, but unfortunately the rain didn't allow them to occur, so the last few days, we've been enjoying the town and everything it has to offer.  Now we're going to be able to enjoy our weekend away with the fireworks."

"They're going on tonight.  There's no doubt about it.  I can see the trucks over there, I already talked to some of the guys over there.  We're going to watch them.  There's no ifs, ands, or buts: we're staying here," said Garcia.

It rained on and off all day, but it stopped just long enough at the end to let the show go on. First, the Aero Extreme parachute team landed right on the beach in front of the crowd. Then fireworks lit up the night sky.  After days of patiently waiting, the audience finally got what they came for.

It was a happy ending at Callaway Gardens. People stopped their cars on highways all over town to watch the show for free.

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