Richmond, VT- Rain storms earlier this summer not only caused extensive damage to the region but it also forced Richmond to postpone its Fourth of July celebration.
Instead the town happened Saturday, a month and a half late.
Organizers say back in July the river was so high, city officials warned it was close to overflowing.
And because the river runs right next to 'Volunteers Green' in Richmond, wehere the festival is held, organizers say they decided to postpone the event.
“It’s been a rough two years for the parade committee,” said Susan Glennon, with the Richmond Parade and Fireworks Committee.
Last year the committee lost all its tents to a wind and rain storm.
The year before - Irene hit.
“This park (Volunteers Green) was flooded,” said Glennon.
This year it was storm damage coupled with the rising river that sits next to Volunteers Green.
“It came up less than a foot to the bank. And that's when we knew we couldn't take a chance,” said Glennon.
So for the first time in 26 years the Richmond Parade and Fireworks Committee postponed the Fourth of July celebration.
“It was really emotional for us, but we did the right thing,” said Glennon.
More than a month later the community is celebrating Independence Day.
“Our post Fourth of July celebration,” said Glennon.
Complete with a parade, vendors, and a BBQ.
“It’s just a great community event. We just keep running into friends. It’s just everybody coming together hanging out eating talking,” said Cathy Aikman who lives in Richmond.
Organizers say while there was a good turnout, the crowds were smaller than normal.
Meaning the committee will have to do more fundraising throughout the year to be able to pay for next year's celebration.
“We are Richmond strong, we will continue and go forward,” said Glennon.
The town celebrated throughout the day first with a 5k run, followed by a parade and festival, and ended with fireworks.