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Fireworks to go on despite funding woes

NEW BRITAIN, CT (WFSB) -

Even though the city of New Britain was scrambling to come up with money for their annual fireworks show, that doesn't mean the celebrations will be scaled back.

As of last week, the city of New Britain was about $5,000 short of what they needed to make Thursday's event go off.

The event will feature vendors, music and of course the fireworks show.

The Rivera family found the perfect spot to relax on July 4. The annual Independence Day celebration brings thousands of people to Stanley Quarter Park for the festive day.

"We go around, eat, we color the kids faces," said Tony Rivera of New Britain. "We enjoy the rides and whatever they have."

Thursday's celebration costs $40,000 to 50,000. The city budgeted for $25,000, and the rest of the money came from donations.

But this year, donations were low, and the initial worry was that the celebration would see cutbacks, especially in the areas of vendors and children's activities.

"They wouldn't be able to enjoy being in their own neighborhood, to have fun and be with their kids," said Tatiana Lugo of New Britain. 

Right now, New Britain is still a few thousand dollars short. But the city has bridged the gap, pitching in the last few thousand needed to make sure nothing is scaled back for America's birthday, and local families couldn't be happier.

"It saves the day for people like us, who don't have money to go the lake or the beach," Lugo said. "We can just come here and get the kids face painted, the games, eat low priced food. Come on, that's why we need it."

The celebrations will go on, and it is free to get in here.

While a few thousand dollars still needs to be raised, the city isn't worried about that Thursday night, they plan on fundraising in the weeks to come.

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