A Less-Than-Explosive Fourth of July


State Budgets Slash Fireworks Funding

In Minnesota, on the other hand, cancelled fireworks shows are well within someone's control. Because state lawmakers have not reached a budget deal, the state government has shut down, forcing state parks to close until a deal is reached. That means no camping, no grilling and no fireworks in any of Minnesota's more-than-70 state parks.

Canterbury Park, a horserace track outside of Minneapolis, has petitioned for an injunction so a race and fireworks show planned for Sunday can continue despite the shutdown. As of Friday, the park will have to turn away the 15,000 visitors expected to attend the event.

Budget crunches almost put an end to Cincinnati's fireworks show, but the event was rescued by a donation from Fifth Third Bank. A bank spokesperson said they stepped in order to uphold the "time-honored community celebration."

The same scenario played out in Redmond, Ore., where High Desert Aggregate and Paving pledged to foot the bill for the city's explosive celebration.

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