Firework displays and other civic events have been limited for several years following a collapse in muni revenue.
This year’s Independence Day may have fewer fireworks still due to a confluence of natural disasters. Daily Mail has a roundup of cancellations:
Texas Symphony Orchestra’s Don Hill, whose annual fireworks display has been cancelled for the first time in 35 years because of drought, said: ‘We’re heartbroken’.
Authorities in Arizona, still clearing up following a sweep of wildfires, have banned the use of pyrotechnics in a host of cities.
Over in New Mexico, where wildfires have burned more than 700,000 acres this season and threaten the nearby nuclear testing complex, Governor Susana Martinez said there was ‘absolutely no reason to buy, sell or use personal fireworks.’
Officials in tornado-hit Joplin, Missouri, have banned fireworks in the area where debris is being removed because of the amount of combustible material there.
In Mobile, Alabama, burn bans forced city leaders to move the public fireworks display from Battleship Memorial Park to a barge in Mobile Bay.
Chicago has banned its July 3 fireworks at the Taste of Chicago food festival because the city faces a substantial budget shortfall.
And in Massachusetts town Old Sturbridge Village, hit by floods and tornadoes, has also cancelled its events.
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