With the Fourth of July holiday just a week away, New Britain is having a hard time coming up with all the funding needed for its annual fireworks display.
Michael Fuchs said it's one of his favorite fireworks displays. Every year tens of thousands of people pack into New Britain's Stanley Quarter Park for the big, beautiful blasts of color.
But like in years past, the city is running a little short and time is running out.
With a week to go, officials said they still need about $5,500.
The city said the fireworks will go on, but without the full funding they'd likely scale back the rest of the celebration.
That means fewer vendors, bands and not as many activities for children.
"I love seeing all the people from all the neighborhoods in New Britain come and they walk and they've got their children, park their cars and the whole city comes," Liz Aaronsohn said. "It's wonderful!"
The whole event costs between $40,000 and $50,000. The city budgets $25,000 and the rest is covered by donations.
"It's tough economic times," Fuchs said. "But they do a great job and I'm sure they'll figure something out. I'll be looking forward to it myself."
Businesses and residents that want to chip in for the celebration can call the mayor's office, but would need to have the contributions in place by early next week.
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