No bucks for the bang: Red Wing cancels longtime fireworks tradition


Like many Minnesota towns, Red Wing has a long tradition of Fourth of July fireworks. The annual tradition in the picturesque town of 16,000 on the banks of the Mississippi River has been going for decades.

But it won't happen this year.

The Rochester Post-Bulletin reports that discussions about this year's location of the launch site broke down over an issue between the city and the group that puts the show together, called Mississippi Alumination.

What's more, the group came up $3,000 short of the $10,000 in private money needed to pay for the fireworks, WCCO reported. City officials plan to be more involved in planning – and perhaps paying for – the show in the future, WCCO reports. Residents were shocked that there will be no show:

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