The City of St. Paul will not sponsor a Fourth of July fireworks display this year, joining other cities in the area.
A representative from the office of St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter told the Star Tribune that the city’s 2021 budget, which included no layoffs or property increases, did not leave room for a fireworks display this year.
St. Paul first canceled its fireworks show in 2018, with Carter stating that he could not “in good conscience” sponsor the display due to budget concerns.
The display was also cancelled in 2019 and again last year, when COVID-19 put a stop to many Fourth of July festivities in the Twin Cities.
St. Paul is not the only city that will not have fireworks this year. Stillwater recently cancelled its show, citing supply chain issues caused by the pandemic.
And Minneapolis cancelled its annual Red, White and Boom! event for the second year in a row.
According to Minneapolis officials, the short time frame between COVID restrictions loosening and the Fourth is not enough to adequately plan the event. The event typically also features live music, a half marathon and other activities.