Contact Us
Make My Homepage

Many NJ Towns Ask For Donations To Pay For Fourth Of July Fireworks [AUDIO]

Is the town where you live holding a big fireworks display on the 4th of July this year?

NJ Fireworks Guide July Fourth
John Moore, Getty Images

In these tough economic times, chances are the answer is no.

Bill Dressel, the Executive Director of the New Jersey League of Municipalities, says many communities can no longer afford to have lavish 4th of July fireworks celebrations.

“Every line item in the municipal budget is under critical scrutiny at this particular point…They’re scrubbing their budgets to make sure that every cost that is absolutely an essential cost that can go to provide quality of life services goes there,” he explained.

Dressel says, “With the proliferation of property tax appeals, and other state mandated and imposed costs that are beyond the 2 ½ percent, towns are really scrubbing their budgets, they’re doing what they can to economize, and things like the 4th of July parade may have to be sacrificed.”

RELATED: Find Fireworks with the NJ Fireworks Guide for July Fourth

He also points out, “Some towns are working with their business communities to be able to establish public-private partnerships to collect donations, while others are turning to their patriotic committee, working through the American Legion, working with the Boy Scouts, the Girl Scouts in trying to provide a fundraiser if you will…We’re seeing great examples of community spirit, of folks getting together to be able to provide a celebration- and chip in if they have to – either private sector, or through donations to a non-profit.”

Dressel adds some towns have made the conscious decision that they will not be able to afford not only the 4th of July celebrations, “but also community celebrations, and they may even have to do without Christmas decorations during the holidays.”

He says, “Local officials have got to establish priorities, and the priorities are we’ve got to be able to focus in on providing quality of life services, picking up the trash…And some things like an appropriation on the municipal budget for the 4th of July parade – that might have to fall to the side…For these celebrations, there’s a tremendous amount of cost other than the fireworks themselves, and many municipalities simply don’t have the money.”

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Best of the Web


Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://nj1015.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on New Jersey 101.5 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here.

Sign up for an account to comment, share your thoughts, and earn points to get great prizes.

Register on New Jersey 101.5 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!