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Soggy 4th draws folks to Chattanooga for indoor celebrations

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With many fireworks shows canceled across the Tennessee Valley and many picnic plans rained out, folks were forced to find other ways to spend their Fourth of July. Many flocked indoors to stay dry.

We talked with several families Thursday who say despite the yucky weather, their Fourth was not ruined at all.

Some out-of-towners say they came to Chattanooga because they knew there were plenty of options to have some fun.

Many folks were dodging rain drops this Fourth of July, some disappointed area fireworks shows were canceled, including Chattanooga's.

"We're sad. But that's okay. We're still enjoying all the different things can do while we're here," says Lisa Jackson of Atlanta.

The Tennessee Aquarium had plenty of folks in line to grab tickets.

"We hate the fact that people's barbecues and things like that got rained out, but Chattanooga is a nice destination in the fact that it has a lot of indoor options when things like this happen," says Thom Benson with the Tennessee Aquarium.

"I'm not sure what else we would have done today," says Jan Brown.

Jan and Dave Brown from Loudon, Tennessee are entertaining their son and daughter-in-law from New Hampshire. In the 10 years they have lived in Tennessee, it was their first trip to the aquarium.

"It's wonderful, fabulous. We're really enjoying it. We're like kids. We get our noses on the glass all the time," says Dave.

"A lot of these folks might have already had plans for the Fourth of July weekend to visit the aquarium, so it will be difficult for us to tell whether the rain changed plans for people to come to the aquarium on this particular day," says Benson.

But one look at the Creative Discovery Museum's parking lot and you will see license plates from all over the country.

"July Fourth is actually a busy day for us, but I think definitely the weather, when it rains, people tend to come indoors," says Henry Schulson, Executive Director of the museum.

Schulson says many families are finding fun inside.

"Well, we were going to go to the beach or the pool and it was raining, basically over the entire Southeast and so we wanted to find a place we could go inside somewhere and do something fun," says Rick Bold.

Bold, and his wife of Atlanta, say it is their first time to Chattanooga and the museum turned out to be a great option for their four and six-year-old daughters.

"We're making the best of it. I think we're going to have a great Fourth of July and a great time in Chattanooga," he says.

"People often think about it as the fireworks and the picnics, but the message of the day is that it is a day of celebration of our independence and our liberty," says Schulson.

Schulson says last year they had about 1,000 visitors to the Creative Discovery Museum on the Fourth and he anticipates that to be much higher this year. On Wednesday, the aquarium had around 3,000 visitors, which are strong numbers for them as well.

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