July 4th fireworks scrapped at a number of military bases

"It's like the Grinch stealing Christmas."
Associated Press
Jul 1, 2013


The Fourth of July won't have a patriotic boom in the sky over some military bases because budget cuts and furloughed workers also mean furloughed fireworks.

Independence Day celebrations have been canceled at the Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base and at the Army's Fort Bragg, both in North Carolina. The annual July Fourth celebration also has been scrapped at the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany, Ga.

The reason is money — namely the lack of it.

The failure in Washington to follow up a 2011 budget pact with additional spending cuts meant $85 billion across-the-board cuts that began in March. Budgets tightened, the military took a major hit and many federal workers absorbed pay cuts through forced furloughs.

When the decision was made to forgo fireworks at Camp Lejeune, the commanding general, Brig. Gen. Thomas Gorry, said the cancellation would "ensure that we can mitigate the fiscal challenges we are currently facing."

Last year's Independence Day at the base cost about $100,000, including $25,000 for the fireworks. The big issue is paying the overtime to personnel for security, transportation, logistics and safety. Base officials said they couldn't justify paying overtime when federal workers are losing pay while furloughed.

Brandy Rhoad Stowe says the fireworks at Camp Lejeune always were spectacular, and she said that she and her kids, ages 3 and 9, will miss them this year.

"I know fireworks might seem silly to other people," Stowe said in an interview. "But what is the Fourth of July without fireworks?"

Her husband is a master gunnery sergeant with seven combat deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001.

Stowe says she understands the budgets cuts but still feels a little shortchanged.

"It's just a bummer for the kids," she said. "It's like the Grinch stealing Christmas."

Marines and their families at Lejeune will instead be able to participate in some free activities — golf, bowling, skeet shooting, archery and movies.

Other bases that are canceling ceremonies to mark the nation's birthday:

—Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina, where the annual Jammin' July 4th put on by the 20th Fighter Wing at Shaw and local city and county officials has been scrapped. The base plans a smaller "freedom bash" on July 3 with pool games, face painting and bouncy castles.

—The Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii, which is scaling back by canceling the fireworks and instead hosting a daytime celebration featuring the Pacific Fleet Band and the Air Force Band of the Pacific.

—New Jersey's Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.





Option #1 Have fireworks and spend money the government doesn't have.
Option #2 Don't have fireworks and don't go farther into debt.

These choices are coming up more often. Get use to it. We as a country are broke.


Option #3 Cut the 100 million dollar vacation at the tax payer expense short so our troops can enjoy the day that is commemorated to them.

Rome burns while Nero fiddles

JudgeMeNot's picture

Option #3 .

The money saved from the cost of hundreds of U.S. Secret Service agents, a Naval aircraft carrier with a fully-staffed medical trauma center stationed offshore, 24-hour continual air coverage by fighter jets flying in shifts, and 56 support vehicles, including 14 limousines for the president and first lady, a specialized communications vehicle for secure telephone and video communications, a truck to jam radio frequencies around the president’s motorcade, an ambulance equipped to handle biological and chemical contaminants, and a truck with x-ray equipment would go a long way in providing fireworks to our military people.

This is nothing more than the continual waste of tax dollars by the president that thinks of himself as an emperor. It shows a complete disconnect from the people he is supposed to be representing.

Face it. If this guy was your employee, you would have fired him along time ago.


Relax -- Drink Up -- No Worries


Well said, on a side note "W" is in Africa, wonder if he hitched a ride with the campaigner-in-chief, I'm afraid both parties don't get it, the political elite only know how to do one thing and that is waste our tax dollars.

Rome burns while Nero fiddles

Darwin's choice


BULLISDEEP's picture

You really believe it costs 100million for a vacation .


You have to pull your head out of the sand.


In case you still don't believe it, your health insurance is going up as well.

BULLISDEEP's picture

Those people were getting paid no matter where they were . Same as the equipment, it was already paid for .


They have to save money to pay for all the new health and welfare benefits they will have to pay out to gay military couples. Funny how they somehow found money to pay for gay pride celebrations on military installations.


We also seem to have money to pay for OMBUMMER to take his family on vacation all the time too.


So, by the fourth of July fireworks schedule for the area, there are 3 nights of fireworks in that vicinity. Wowee


Someone should donate fireworks, like China where they are made.

The Big Dog's back

Repubs are responsible for 11 trillion of the 16 trillion in debt. Fact!


Explain this Big Dog

The table below shows the increase in U.S. federal debt during the tenure of the respective President:
Increase in Billions US $ President Political Party
$153 Franklin D. Roosevelt Democratic
$55 Harry S. Truman Democratic
$31 Dwight D. Eisenhower Republican
$20 John F. Kennedy Democratic
$58 Lyndon B. Johnson Democratic
$115 Richard Nixon Republican
$145 Gerald Ford Republican
$280 Jimmy Carter Democratic
$1,692 Ronald Reagan Republican
$1,401 George H.W. Bush Republican
$1,627 Bill Clinton Democratic
$4,357 George W. Bush Republican
$6,668 Barack H. Obama Democratic

Looks like Obama has done more in five years than Bush did in 8 years. Looks like both parties know how dig us into a hole we'll never be able to get out of. Source: http://www.truthfulpolitics.com/...


I'm sorry if my post shut those on the left and the right down. It is time that you all wake up and realize that both parties do not give one sh^t about you and are going to spend us into oblivion. The Demopublicans do not care about you, they only care about getting re-elected.


Please post some links to back up your "facts" please.



To some of us the only difference between a Democrat and a Republican are letters.

d,m,o,t,p,u,b,l,i,n The rest is the same.

The Big Dog's back

As usual I didn't bring up Dems and Repubs 1st. Why didn't you tell the other posters who did, what you told me?


Demopublicans...one in the same.


You are correct. My apologies.

Hey, you other idiots, don't drink the political part kool-ade.

Think for yourselves. They don't care about you.


And yet, we as a nation, we spend over $600 BILLION - EVERY year on illegal aliens (no matter what country of origin).

There is really something wrong with that.

Really are you ...

Government needs to cut the crap. If it weren't for the brave men and women that stood up and stepped forward to defend and protect this great nation those government officials would not have their overpaid positions anyways. Overpaid? When was the last time they passed something that made sense? They can't agree on a balanced budget. They walk out when important issues need voted on. Compromising is not an option between parties. Seems they are more worried about minor problems and do not want to make any decisions on key issues. How would the government officials survive if the middle and lower class just disappeared one day. They would not live long, they would have to work, and that is something a lot of them have probably not done in a very long time. Let the troops celebrate, they are working to maintain our Independence. Let them view the beauty and power that a fireworks display provides, instead of roadside bombs going off, bullets screaming past their fighting positions... Youtube JDAM Strikes and listen to the soldiers reactions as "it hits the fan". That is adrenaline and power. What are government officials on Capitol Hill working for?


when the muzzies turn those weapons on us that obozo gave them, that will be our fireworks. all those millions of dollars for the ENEMY muslim brotherhood would have been more than enough for fireworks..