Published: Jul 03, 2013 11:52 PM EDT

ESTERO, Fla. - A soggy day couldn't stop the fireworks Wednesday night at Miromar Outlets. Rain or shine, it's an annual pre-4th of July tradition for families who came prepared for anything.

Like most days this week, the 3rd of July got off to a rainy start, especially, for those who braved the weather to claim their spot.

One group had to buy a new tent after the wind and rain destroyed the one they brought.

With every glimmer of sunlight, people camped out at Miromar's 14th Annual Independence Eve Celebration hoped it was there to stay.

Just in case, some came prepared with their own bottle rockets and fireworks.

Grills sizzled, bean bags flew, bands rocked and the crowd stayed dry for the most part.

Despite a light shower around 8:00, the fireworks were able to light up the sky as planned, ringing in the nation's 237th birthday.