Forced federal budget cuts won’t hurt the show at Joint Base Lewis-McChord on Independence Day.
Other Army posts all over the country are cancelling annual fireworks displays because of Pentagon belt-tightening driven by the compulsory spending cuts known as sequestration. It’s hard to justify a fireworks show when your scaling back on training and handing furlough notices to your civilian employees.
Lewis-McChord is not among the military installations cutting fireworks this week because it does not rely exclusively on federal funding for its annual Independence Day celebration. It will host a fireworks display like any other year at its Freedom Fest, base spokesman Joe Kubistek said.