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Are Fireworks Expensive?

Do You Think Cities Should Spend Money on Fireworks?

Fireworks, just like barbecue and American flags, are synonymous with the celebration of the Fourth of July. But since the country has just emerged from a recession, state and city budgets are looking worse for wear, and the light display doesn't come cheap — Chicago's 2010 fireworks show cost a pretty penny of $750,000, and Austin raised $150,000 for its display this year, which they unfortunately had to cancel because of extreme drought. Although cities like Chicago are downsizing their fireworks show this year, or in some cases doing without them completely, I'm wondering if you think this is a good move.

Do you think cities should spend money on fireworks for the sake of tradition or should they save the money for other uses?

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