St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter 'can't in good conscience' allow 4th of July fireworks

The city's annual Fourth of July fireworks show won't happen.
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The City of St. Paul's annual fireworks show on the Fourth of July will not happen this year. 

St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter III announced Wednesday that he's not allowing the fireworks display because of budgetary concerns. 

"Fireworks on the 4th of July have long been an Independence Day tradition in our city as a way to commemorate the signing of our nation’s declaration of independence," Carter wrote in a Facebook post. "As I’ve considered the budgetary priorities we manage across our city in the first year of my administration, I’ve decided I can’t in good conscience support spending tax dollars on a fireworks display in Saint Paul this year. 

"Our official convention & visitors bureau, Visit Saint Paul, has compiled events and celebrations during the 4th of July holiday week, and I encourage everyone to join in these and others with friends and family members to celebrate this national holiday."

As of 10:15 a.m. the announcement had about 25 comments, most of which were in support of Carter's decision. 

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