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Wilmington struggles to fund fireworks show

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — More than 40,000 people come downtown each year to enjoy the independence day fireworks.
The city budgets 30-thousand dollars for the yearly event with costs intended to be covered by a big name business.
Unlike last year, this year’s strategy was to get local businesses involved and contribute.
Although for downtown business owner Mark Scharaga and several others say they were not asked to chip in.
He said,”No, we have been asked at all.”
We replied “But, what if you had?”
Scharaga replied “If I had the advertising budget of a larger business, I think it’s definitely one of those things that you should be involved in.”
The city plans to use the 10,000 it planned to spend this year along with 10,000 dollars in next year’s budget to make up for this year’s lack of funding.
Some options for next year include having a smaller fireworks show or possibly not one at all.
Scharaga expressed “I think it would be insane if they don’t have it. You know? I mean, it’s a tradition to have it. I mean, they’ve had it every year since I’ve been here.”
One downtown worker told us a smaller show would likely translate to fewer people.
For this year though, the Independence Day fireworks are planned to be as big as ever.


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