BY SARAH GREGORY
Greeneville's American Downtown celebration on the Fourth of July will go on, rain or shine, says Town of Greeneville Public Relations Specialist Amy Rose.
The events on Thursday will continue as planned, beginning with a 2 p.m. parade that steps off from Greeneville High School.
Rose said cancellation will occur only in the event of storms with lightning and thunder or high winds.
A decision on the fireworks display planned for Thursday evening as part of the downtown event will be made Thursday at 9 p.m.
On Monday evening, a special Uncle Sam inflatable made a brief stop in Greeneville to help promote the local celebration and Gatlinburg's "First in the Nation" midnight Fourth of July parade.
The inflatable has been on a tour around East Tennessee -- from Chattanooga to Bristol -- to drum-up publicity.
Gatlinburg Convention and Visitors Bureau Community and Media Relations Director George Hawkins and assistants gave a sneak peek of the inflatable inside the City Garage and Car Museum here on Monday afternoon.
Rose and businessman Kent Bewley, who owns the museum, visited with Hawkins, Gatlinburg mascot Zeno the Bear, and a group of musicians called Whiskey Bent Valley during the preview.