Peninsula City Latest to Cancel Fireworks Show

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The annual Fourth of July parade and festival in Redwood City will  not include a fireworks show this year for the first time in more than a  decade, an event coordinator said today.

"Unfortunately, fireworks have gotten exceedingly expensive," said  Robert Slusser, event coordinator for the Peninsula Celebration Association,  the nonprofit that hosts the event.

Slusser said costs include materials, transportation and liability  insurance, all of which have gotten pricier over the years.   

 "We've had to increase our budget by about 10 to 12 percent each  year for the past five years just to maintain the same level of the fireworks  show," Slusser said.

In the past, the cost of putting on the fireworks show has been  more than $50,000, he said.

He said the Peninsula Celebration Association informed Redwood  City's City Council of its decision last year.

"Last year after the Fourth of July we told the City Council flat  out we're not going to have the funds to do it," he said.

Despite the lack of fireworks, Slusser said he believes Redwood  City residents will have just as much fun at this year's event.

For information about the parade and festival, visit  this Web page.

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