Rain holds off for July 4th cookouts

July 4, 2008 6:04:29 PM PDT
For many people, the 4th of july means gathering friends and family for a picnic or cookout. The Williams family reunion goes forward every July 4th, rain or shine. Brenda Williams told us, nothing can stop them.

And, out bright and early Friday, the Philadelphia Recreation Department's swim team and their families, led by internationally renowned coach Jim Ellis. The team held its daily workout at the memorial hall pool, then the group's traditional picnic in the park.

We found a lot of tents and canopies pitched in Fairmount Park, precautions against the predicted rainfall. Several veteran police officers told us the picnic turnout was lighter than normal.

Many folks may have concluded, if things don't work out weather-wise, there's always Saturday and Sunday to celebrate Independence Day '08 in the traditional style.

In South Philadelphia's FDR Park, we found many Cambodian immigrants undaunted by threatening storms and celebrating July 4th with foods from their homeland, sticky rice in bamboo with beans for example.

And, a few raindrops didn't phase the Lara family at all. July 4th is big for lots of folks, no matter if it's rain, sleet or hail.