Friday, July 3, 2009

July 4th firework shows get canceled this year

Portland isn't the only city canceling firework shows this year. Both Fort Vancouver and The Blues Festival have canceled their shows.


The skies will be dark and silent over Colorado Springs, Colo., on Saturday. Because of the recession, city officials canceled their Fourth of July fireworks display, a three-decade-old extravaganza that was one of the biggest Independence Day parties in the state.

More than 50,000 people usually turn out for the show at Memorial Park, which traditionally features the Colorado Springs Philharmonic Orchestra booming not one, not two, but six howitzer cannons in time to Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture.” But this year, the army of donors who fund the pyrotechnics have cut back, and the city itself couldn’t find enough money to pay for the city crews who keep watch.

With the recession, now in its 19th month, eating away at state and local budgets everywhere, it will be a silent Fourth for many communities across the country that have canceled their annual shows.

Your only two choices this year are Oaks Park and PGE Park. Have fun and be safe.