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Beavercreek Residents Disappointed Over Canceled Fireworks Show
BEAVERCREEK -- As local cities gear up for their fireworks shows, some have had to cancel theirs.
City council made the decision to nix the city's Fourth of July fireworks and parade in January.
Fireworks are an American tradition.
"Because it like has fireworks, like boom boom boom boom boom," said Valerie Fairchild.
And something everyone looks forward to.
"Fireworks. Fireworks. Fireworks and excitement," said Fairchild.
"The kids enjoy it," said Zach Brown. "They like to come over and watch the fireworks and who doesn't like fireworks."
So while some communities are already setting up for the boom of fireworks, folks here in Beavercreek, all they'll hear are crickets."
"It's gonna be a little quieter this year, it sounds like," said Brown. "No parade, no fireworks from what I understand."
For Zach Brown and his daughter, watching the fireworks at Rotary Park is an annual tradition and they're disappointed to know the park will be empty Thursday night.
"It's one of those things where it'll be lacking something; however, we'll have the people over and have a good time anyway," said Brown.
As the City of Vandalia sets up for its display, they understand how Brown and his family feel.
"We went without a fireworks show in 2004 and we heard loud and clear from the community that they really liked that event, they really liked being a part of that," said Rich Hopkins, Public Information Officer for the City of Vandalia.
The average cost of a city fireworks show is $25,000.
"That's a tough expense to justify when there are hard economic times," said Hopkins.
Times were so tough that after going just one year, Vandalia decided to ask for help.
And now they have corporate sponsors, which pay for $13,000. The rest ...
"We take what's left and we split it with the township so it's not a hardship for either community," said Hopkins.
Back in Beavercreek, Brown hopes there won't be this hardship next year.
"Hope they have them back next year," said Brown.
We spoke with Beavercreek's mayor, he tells me they hope to have fireworks next year and they have already started looking for sponsors.
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