A host of military bases across the United States will not host their traditional Fourth of July fireworks displays in 2013, blaming the no-shows on the recent $85 billion federal budget cuts.
The military belt-tightening, announced June 30, has apparently led to scrapping of patriotic holiday pyrotechnics festivities at such locations as these:
- Camp LeJeune U.S. Marine Corps Base – North Carolina
- Fort Bragg U.S. Army Base – North Carolina
- Great Lakes Naval Training Center – Illinois
- McGuire/ Dix /Lakehurst Joint U.S. Military Base – New Jersey
- Pearl Harbor/Hickam Joint U.S. Military Base – Hawaii
- Shaw U.S. Air Force Base – South Carolina
- U.S. Marine Corps Logistics Base – Georgia
July 4th fireworks will still go off at the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
“We’ve gone to the Great Lakes fireworks show for years,” said Sally R., of Kenosha, Wisconsin, on July 1. “With the band playing along, it was the best ever.”
“I hope they’ll bring them back next year,” added Mandy J., of Grayslake, Illinois. “My kids are pretty disappointed.”
Great Lakes Naval Training Center, located near Waukegan, Illinois, announced its 2013 Independence Day fireworks display in March. This popular patriotic event, which perennially draws some 40,000 to 50,000 spectators, is expected to return in the future.
“Assuming the budget issues are fixed down the road, my MWR team will be ready to re-implement this internationally recognized event in 2014,” explained John Prue, installation program director for Morale, Welfare, and Recreation at Great Lakes.
The Fort McCoy Fourth of July celebration and fireworks, in Mosinee, Wisconsin, are expected to continue, as usual.
Additional cancellations are likely. Fireworks fans are advised to double-check and confirm events before attempting to attend Fourth of July celebrations at American military bases.
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