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No 4th of July Fireworks in Marina del Rey in 2011

Annual aerial, waterfront celebration of nation's birth in Marina del Rey has been eliminated due to budget cuts.

There will be no rocket's red glare or bombs bursting in air over the skies of Marina del Rey this coming Independence Day due to budget constraints.

The Department of Beaches and Harbor recently made a quiet announcement on its Web site that there will be no fireworks display July 4, 2011, "due to budget curtailments."

"However, there will still be plenty to do in this popular seaside community," the county department said in its statement. "Hotels, restaurants, retailers and local attractions will be open, parks and beaches are popular, and it will be a great day to get out on the water for fishing, boating and cruising."

The fireworks display has been a popular July Fourth attraction for years in Marina del Rey with boaters lining the channel to watch pyrotechnics explode overhead, while thousands watched the display from the marina's Burton W. Chace Park and Fisherman's Village, or from nearby beaches in Venice and Playa del Rey.

Past displays have been provided by Zambelli Fireworks Internationale, a pyrotechnics company that dates back more than 100 years ago in Italy.

Carl June 30, 2011 at 11:13 PM
Maybe we should just replace our County officials who are on the take pandering to big developers with zero interest in maintaining MDR's quality of life and environment. "Government" isn't the problem, but the various criminals who are running government are.
Carl June 30, 2011 at 11:16 PM
No, just time to eliminate the corporate shills who run the government.
summertimefun July 01, 2011 at 07:16 AM
No 2011 Independence Day fireworks?!?!?! The Department of Beaches and Harbor should be ashamed ! Don Knabe, you are not working for me. Give it up!!!
Patch of Sunshine July 01, 2011 at 02:25 PM
Sometimes funds spent to enhance good will within a community is a GOOD use of budget money. No fireworks on 4th of July?!? The Dept of Beaches and Harbors should have found another way to cut corners. This falls in the same category of the idea to keep beach bathrooms closed until 11am.... (glad this was rethought, at least at some local beaches). Surely the dept. could have made an appeal to local businesses for a privately-funded fireworks display. Start thinking outside of the box! Maybe there's a lack funds, but that's no excuse for lacking CREATIVITY. Find different ways to make things work.
kim braun July 05, 2011 at 04:40 AM
It is the 4th of July and there are no fireworks. What a feeling of dispair. Like visiting memorials on Memorial Day, like celebrating the toil of labor on Labor Day, the 4th of July is our celebration of our Independence. For all those who fought in the 1770's and beyond to declare our right to be free, no worries, we will never forget you, as the county slashes our celebration. The celebration that culminates on every 4th of July with fireworks. It is a family affair, one the country was based upon. It is too bad that the taxes received from the businesses, multi-family complexes and single family residents could not cover the cost of our American tradition. Perhaps the county will realize that they, in fact, lost money today as the visitors to the Marina were limited and the businesses lost without the fireworks today, as well as the county. How much money does it take to put on the fireworks?Perhaps if the county set a fee of $ 2 per resident, including per unit in the multi-family complexes and businesses in all of our Marina it would cover the cost. It is a bit frightenening that an American tradition will become extinct rather than allowing the struggles of our fore fathers to be remembered and celebrated forever in our great nation. .

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