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No Fireworks At Cowpens Battlefield Due To Sequester Cuts

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A sign posted outside the park A sign posted outside the park

The celebration of the nation's independence will not include fireworks at Cowpens National Battlefield.

The park's superintendent said the budget cuts brought on by the sequester forced them to eliminate the show.

Superintendent John Slaughter said it is disappointing but the battlefield will offer other events this Saturday including musket and cannon firing demonstrations and a live band.

There is also a new friends of the park group forming which will hope to raise money to save the fireworks in future years.

Slaughter said the fireworks can cost about $6,000 but the event requires a total of $30,000 in staff overtime, fire precautions and other preparations.

Hannah Blanton lives nearby and watches the show every year.

"It's a tradition, we love watching the fireworks here," Blanton said. "It's really sad."

Several military bases are also canceling fireworks shows in order to save money.

That includes Camp Lejeune and Fort Bragg in North Carolina and Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina.

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