The Star: July Fourth loses some of its spark as two big fireworks shows are canceled

The Star:

There will be a little less fire in the sky this Fourth of July in Kansas City. Two of the area’s largest fireworks displays have been canceled.

But other displays will go on.

The cities of Lenexa and Shawnee canceled this year’s fireworks display in Shawnee Mission Park – about 14,000 people attended last year – for budget reasons. Blue Springs canceled its show because of construction at its usual site.

Carol Gonzales, Shawnee’s city manager, said that with 20 vacant positions, her city needed to save the more than $30,000 it would have contributed to the display.

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