City of Beckley cancels fireworks display amid budget cuts - Beckley, Bluefield & Lewisburg News, Weather, Sports

City of Beckley cancels fireworks display amid budget cuts

Posted: Updated:
BECKLEY - The City of Beckley has announced it will not be having the annual 4th of July fireworks display this year.

Mayor Bill O'Brien said due to budget constraints, they've decided to cancel this year's fireworks show in order to save about $10,000.

He said another reason for the decision is because the West Virginia Miners are going to have a huge fireworks display Friday night as well.

"The fact that we're having to look at everything the city does to make sure we can balance our budget, when you're talking about a million dollars worth of red ink, every little bit helps and $10,000 is more than just a little bit," said Mayor Bill O'Brien.

The Raleigh County Solid Waste Authority has decided to help out the city too.

They will be opening their property for free parking for the fireworks display at the stadium right across the street.

The game is expected to wrap up around 9:30 or 9:45 Friday night and the fireworks will start shortly after.