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Another Minnesota city cancels 4th of July fireworks

Minneapolis recently cancelled its annual show (again).

If you're in the Stillwater area and want 4th of July fireworks this year, you'll have to wait until mid-August.

The city has announced that its Independence Day festivities will not include a fireworks display, which has now been pushed back over a month:

Citing "COVID-19 supply chain disruptions," city officials say the fireworks show will instead be held on August 14 as part of the "Lift and Loop Bridge Celebration" — which will commemorate the re-opening of the city's historic lift bridge as a crossing for cyclists and pedestrians. 

Despite the lack of pyrotechnics, there will still be "several activities to enjoy on the 4th," including live music.

Stillwater is certainly not alone in cancelling its 4th of July fireworks because of supply chain issues.

Toledo, Ohio, also had to put off its show for that reason, while fireworks sellers across the nation are bracing for skyrocketing prices and shortages. 

COVID-related supply chain disruptions aren't limited to the fireworks business; a variety of industries across the world have been hit as well, causing product shortages across the globe throughout the pandemic.

Stillwater's decision follows a similar one by Minneapolis, which called off its fireworks show last month — but not because of any shortages. 

Parks officials said there is "simply is not enough time to create the Red, White and Boom! experience that people have come to know and love," with pandemic restrictions having left them little room to coordinate the celebration.

"It takes at least six months of planning to safely and comfortably host 75,000 people along the riverfront for this signature event – but the Fourth of July is just eight weeks away," the city's announcement noted. 

It'll be the second year in a row Minneapolis has pulled the plug on its fireworks show, which normally takes place along the Mississippi River near the Stone Arch Bridge. 

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