ALBANY, Ga. — The latest victim of the federal government’s spending constraints is Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany’s popular Independence Day celebration.
The cancellation of the base’s annual July 4th celebration comes on the heels of federal budget cuts that have restricted spending and forced furloughs.
The event, which typically draws up to 10,000 people from Albany and the surrounding area, has always been free to the public; however, tighter spending has forced the Marine Corps to cut the show, base officials say.
“We are unable to conduct our annual fireworks celebration this year due to sequestration,” Col. Don Davis, MCLB-Albany’s base commander, said. “This decision didn’t come lightly as our MCLB team understands how important this event is to our service members and the local community, but cancelling it will allow us to use all available resources to ensure we can mitigate the fiscal challenges we are currently facing.
“We look forward to adding the celebration back onto our calendar as soon as is fiscally responsible.”
The cancellation will mark the first time in 18 years that MCLB will not host a Fourth of July event on base.
The city of Albany will still have its Independence Day celebration this year, but the budget plan that goes into effect July 1 likely won’t include funding for fireworks in 2014.
The city event also is moving. Traditionally held downtown near the Albany Civic Center, the fireworks show will be conducted at the Exchange Club Fairgrounds, where attendees will be asked to pay $2 per person or $5 per car to attend.