Yeah, what's happening to America? Strange things happening! July 4th represents our freedom, right? Hmmm! Wonder what our forefathers would think now! The people that fight and die for our country have to cancel their celebration while our President takes a big 'business' vacation!(no money problems for anything he wants to do) Good Lord! I know we should respect our leaders but I am having a very difficult time doing that right now!Obama Spends $100M on African Trip But Cancels Marines' July 4th Fireworks
WASHINGTON (AP)— 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?"