According to the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors (see top link under “News and Press Releases”), “[t]here will be no fireworks display this year in Marina del Rey in celebration of Independence Day on Monday, July 4, 2011 due to budget curtailments.” That has got to be a big disappointment not just to locals who enjoy the big fireworks show from the Marina Boat Channel, Burton Chace Park, Venice Beach, and Playa del Rey, but also to many other Angelenos who braved the local driving and parking nightmares in previous years to see it too.
While money is obviously tight in L.A. County as elsewhere, and there are many important and competing interests for those tax dollars, it seems pathetic that we can’t even come up with the money to celebrate our nation’s freakin’ founding. The two comments to this article in The Argonaut regarding the fireworks cancellation are apropos. The first commenter asks whether there are any attempts by local residents and businesses to come up with the funds. The second commenter inquires, “[h]ow much are they saving canceling the fireworks show considering the loss of buisness and taxes that day?”
My thoughts exactly.