Locals Refuse To Turn Holiday Bang Into Dud

CLEVELAND – Despite all of the holiday terrorist threats, many northeast Ohioans are going out and celebrating the Fourth of July with even more patriotic gusto than usual, Action News' Tom Johnson reported.

The celebration in Downtown Cleveland's Voinovich Park, dubbed the 2002 Rock-n-Boom July 4th Fireworks, should be packed.

Even those suburbanites with whom Action News talked said that the only reason they might stay put is because they're getting their holiday started early -- a tradition in places like Huntington Beach in Bay Village. They stressed that possible terrorism is not a factor when it comes to their Fourth of July itinerary.

No one who Action News found baking on the beach said that they were headed to the big fireworks display by the lake. They said that they're content with the usual backyard barbecue.

They were happy to hear, however, that they would be able to watch the huge fireworks display live on Action News at 10 p.m.

People, including Mary Beth Nameth, said that they would keep their families out of the city, but not because of the terrorism talk.

"It has not changed what we're planning to do on Thursday," Nameth said.

Steve Hartigai and his grandchildren echoed those sentiments by saying there will be no worries.

"I could be worried about someone jumping out of the bush here," Hartigai joked.

Northeast Ohioans, including Jodi Cowfer, seemed to be taking the tone of the world in stride.

"If it's going to happen, it's going to happen," Cowfer said. "If you're there, you're there. If you're not, you're not."

So, despite the fact that not everyone will attend the grand fireworks show downtown, the spirit of the holiday is certainly alive and well, and terrorist threats only seem to cause patriotism to grow in popularity.

Action News did an informal survey of fireworks distributors, who said that sales are up this year. It is just another telling fact that many northeast Ohioans will indeed be celebrating!