Nothing says the fourth of July more than fireworks. But with the country in a recession and city budgets tighter than ever everyone is looking to get a little more bang for their buck.
Traci Wieland with the Grand Junction Parks and Rec Department says, "All of our expenses were right around $42,000." That's how much they city of Grand Junction spent on last year's fireworks show. Wieland says $30,000 of that was made back with tickets sales to the show, leaving a $12,000 tab for the city. "Which we consider very good," says, Wieland. This year the city is hoping to trim down that number. "We've made some cuts as far as security goes, we're doing a lot of that with volunteers we are staffing all that are... entire stadium staff is going to be volunteer." Wieland says they hope to save between $8,000 to $10,000 this way.
The budget was also on the mind of Fruita Mayor Ken Henry this holiday. Henry says, "There was some concern but we have to keep on living." Henry says the city of Fruita plans to spend the same amount this year for fireworks as they did last year. "We have adequate funding to take care of all the essentials and to me fireworks is an essential."
The expense for Fruita’s fireworks comes from the general fund. Henry says the city is looking to postpone some maintenance and purchases to help trim next years budget. But Fruita and Grand Junction say canceling the show is not an option. "In these tough economic times it's important for us to be there for the community members," says, Wieland. Henry says, "You got to live."
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Grand Junction’s show is Saturday night; if you watch that show at the stadium tickets are four dollars in advance and five that night or you can get seats at Suplizio field starting at eight for only a buck.