Citing Budget Cuts, Area July 4th Celebrations Get Scaled Back or Canceled

By D. Channing Muller July 2, 2009, 1:45 PM EDT

Fourth of July celebrations across Miami are getting the ax due to budget cuts, the Miami Herald reported today. In addition to the canceled Miami-Dade Parks and Recreation celebration at Amelia Earhart Park, West Miami followed suit, canceling its annual event.

“Given the present set of circumstances, there is no money in our budget that will allow us to have a Fourth of July celebration in our city,'' said West Miami city manager Yolanda Aguilar, adding that past events cost at least $15,000.

Miami Shores and North Bay Village opted to reduce the scale of their events instead of canceling. Miami Shores cut its live music and children’s activities from the schedule, while the Village scrapped its fireworks. The Biltmore hotel in Coral Gables also scrapped its annual event this year.

Not all areas of the city are canceling their Independence Day celebrations though. Bayfront Park in downtown, Coconut Grove, South Beach, and South Miami are on track with their respective events, which include live music, food and games vendors, and fireworks displays.

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