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Reality Check: How rare is near-perfect weather for our 4th?

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – After back-to-back extreme Fourths of July in Lexington, this year's could give Lexington something else to celebrate on the nation's 238th birthday.

This year's forecast for sunny and in the 70s would be only the ninth time in the past century Lexington was treated to near perfect weather on the holiday, according to WKYT chief meteorologist Chris Bailey.

"Last year's Fourth of July was the second wettest since records started in Lexington," said Bailey. "The year before -- 2012 -- we saw a high of 99 degrees making it the hottest."

The only other years in the past century which Lexington had sunny-and-in-the-70s Independence Days were in 1922 (71 degrees), 1927 (72 degrees), 1933 (76 degrees), 1940 (72 degrees), 1968 (79 degrees), 1970 (76 degrees), 1976 (77 degrees) and 1996 (77 degrees).

While Kentucky's holiday forecast is near-perfect, Hurricane Arthur is forcing several East Coast cities to switch the dates of their Independence Day shows and throughout parts of the drought-stricken West, fire officials are warning residents to take precautions when lighting fireworks.

Boston authorities announced that the annual Boston Pops concert and fireworks show would be moved from Friday to Thursday because of potential heavy rain.

Augusta, Maine, moved its fireworks display to Aug. 2 while several New Hampshire cities moved their fireworks shows to either Saturday or Sunday. Cities in New Jersey also moved fireworks to Sunday.

In New York City the annual Macy's fireworks show will be back on the East River after five years on the Hudson River. A spokesman said the show will go on regardless of weather.


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