The skies over hundreds of U.S. cities throughout the U.S. will remain dark on July 4th as the recession forces officials to cancel fireworks displays.
Some communities have received last minute sponsorships to reinstate the celebrations, but others have not been so lucky.
Here are 10 cities skipping July 4th this year.
July 4th Cost: $150,000
This Cleveland suburb -- where American flags fly year-round and 'Support Our Troops' posters are displayed in most storefronts -- will be skipping July 4th celebrations. Community officials decided to cancel the fireworks display, which can get expensive because of police overtime and cleaning costs.
July 4th Cost: $20,000
Faced with a $2.3-million budget shortfall, the city cancelled all July 4th celebrations -- including its traditional street food vendor fair -- for second year in a row. Carrollton was #15 on the Best Place To Live in 2008 list by Money magazine. So much for that honour.
July 4th Cost: $100,000
The skies above this New York City suburb will remain dark on July 4th as the township decided to save on police overtime, fireworks, and celebration costs.
July 4th Cost: $39,000
Montebello, which has a 12% unemployment rate, has decided to forgo celebrations and donate the fireworks budget to local food banks. 'We figured that, instead of burning the money in the air, why not give it to people who need it,' said Mayor Rosemarie Vasquez. Re-elect Mayor Vasquez!
This Gulf Coast city was devastated in 2004 by Hurricane Charley, and has been struggling to rebuild itself ever since. The recession hasn't helped
July 4th Cost: $280,000
The fireworks display over Monterey Bay was canceled due to a $7.5 million budget deficit for this fiscal year has forced $6 million in program and service cuts, layoffs, and employee concessions totaling an additional $1 million, according to local officials.
The city's budget could not afford the fireworks tab this year, and since no local businesses and residents could donate the money due to layoffs, Fergus Falls cancelled it.
July 4th Cost: $14,000
Budget deficit forced Blue Springs to tighten its belt even tighter -- no fireworks this year.
Local businesses in Charlottesville, Va., that organise the July 4th event are scaling it back this year, forgoing the fireworks display. They've already canceled the celebrations for next year, too.
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