Despite the obvious setback of the Battery Street sinkhole, all roads leading to the fireworks in Burlington are open.
"We just want to get it done before it gets crowded," said Steve Goodkind of Burlington Public Works.
Even the afternoon's rain showers shouldn't stop the show.
"Between DPW, Parks and everybody just feeling enough already-- can't rely on Mother Nature, so we have to make do," said Jesse Bridges with the Burlington Parks and Recreation Department.
Some braved the rain, and as soon as the sun came out, staked their claim. The ground is totally saturated, but this couple has the right idea.
"Two chairs, plastic bags to put over the chairs ‘til we're ready to sit in them and ponchos," said Donna Roche of South Burlington.
They may be hours early, but Bridges says they know what they're doing.
"Between Oakledge up to North Beach we should be seeing between 50,000 and 75,000 people," Bridges said.
And as those people flock to the waterfront, parking is going to be a problem. Bridges says the best thing to do is park in Gutterson garage at UVM and take a shuttle, use the public bus system, or ride your bike-- the city is offering free secure bike parking.
"Big thing for logistics is alternative transportation and patience. You know it's the large-- lots of fun-- huge community event, bring community together," Bridges said.
The show is a little different this year. Instead of 30 minutes long it will be 25, instead of 2,000 there are 3,000 fireworks, and the opening is bigger than most grand finales.
"The fireworks are the best in the state of Vermont, as far as I'm concerned," said Harvey Siliski of Pittsford.
Siliski and his family drove nearly two hours from Pittsford and arrived six hours early.
"Gotta get a good seat!" Siliski said.
"You come down here at 8:30 and you'll be standing up unless it's pouring out. Then we'll have really good seats!" Roche said.
The only thing that could shut down the show is lightning. Officials will be monitoring weather reports and have their fingers crossed.
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