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East Haven says rescheduled fireworks will be worth the wait

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EAST HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

The show will go on in East Haven Monday night after a soggy weekend forced the town to cancel its 15th annual fireworks and beach party.

People in the town, while disappointed, told Eyewitness News that it was the right call.

"If there's any kind of thunderstorms in the area, the barge can't be out there and obviously we would not want 5,000 people on our beach sitting out there if there's an electrical storm,” said Frank Gentilesco, Jr., East Haven's assistant director of administration & management.

In anticipation of Saturday night's rain, the fireworks were canceled and rescheduled for Monday night.

The town said the decision was made early Saturday morning.

"Even though the weather was questionable leading up to maybe later in the day, it was pretty consistent that all the forecasters were calling for real bad weather at the time of our big entertainment,” Gentilesco said.

Officials said the whole event costs upwards of $35,000. Most of the tab is picked up by the business community.

“This event is totally supported by the East Haven business community and the residents,” Gentilesco said. “But the business community in East Haven is phenomenal."

Gentilesco also said that because they had a rain date planned, the cancellation did not cost the town.

Residents said the show will be worth the wait.

“We are a great state, great country, great town,” said Don McCarthy of East Haven. “So, it's kind of a moment to express that pride."

Monday's entertainment also includes The Bronx Wanderers. The band will take the stage at 7:30 p.m.

The fireworks show kicks off at 9 p.m.

Branford and Danbury were also forced to postpone their shows due to the weather. Both will happen Monday night.

For a list of other fireworks displays happening around the state, click here.

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