Many cities celebrating July Fourth without a bang


CNN
July 3, 2009

[efoods]What’s a July Fourth celebration without fireworks? Many cities across the United States will find out Saturday.

As municipalities grope for ways to shore up budgets, expensive pyrotechnics displays are becoming the latest victims of the economic downturn.

“They need to have things in the community like that to keep things going. So I’m sad to see it going,” said Seth Stolz, of Flint, Michigan, which will go without its traditional July Fourth explosions in the sky this year, according to CNN affiliate WJRT. He was accustomed to watching the show from his home.

The Greater Flint Arts Council puts on the show every year, and when the city and county said they couldn’t afford the $40,000 for the Flint Fireworks Festival, it was canceled last month.

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