Blowing Up The Fourth's Traditions

As towns and cities are being forced to cut corners and pinch pennies, many just refuse to give up their fireworks.

Local officials across Connecticut who had considered cancelling Fourth of July fireworks celebrations have thought better of it. Even as other programs, services and employees are being slashed from budgets left and right, some feel these events are a benefit to the community and worth the extravagance.

In Middletown, the city council decided to go ahead with their fireworks and July 4 festivities even though it will cost a staggering $60,000. It was originally cut from the budget but an override from the council returned its funding.  They feel the allure of fireworks could draw thousands of people to the city, many of whom may not normally visit.

Many towns like East Haven have their fireworks paid for through fundraising and private donations. However, many frugal donors just can’t find the money.  Mayor April Capone Almon says raising the money has proved more challenging than in years past. 

Currently the town still hasn’t raised enough money, but the show will go on. It will provide some holiday activity for those in the community who cannot afford to throw their own exploding colorfest. 

Contrary to many towns and cities, Waterbury's mayor, Michael Jarjura, has actually approved more money for fireworks this year. The city’s show will run longer and he hopes it will be even better than it has been in years past.

The city of New Haven will also be celebrating Independence Day with Fireworks that can be seen from Long Wharf Park on the fourth at 7 p.m.

There will also be a 3-D fireworks event in Middlebury at Quassy Amusement Park on July 4 after dark.

A listing of July Fourth celebrations around the state can be found by clicking here.

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