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Stamford fireworks postponed

Stamford Advocate
Updated 10:15 pm, Wednesday, July 2, 2014

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  • The Danbury Fair Mall Annual Fireworks Show has been postponed to Saturday, July 5. Photo: Scott Mullin
    The Danbury Fair Mall Annual Fireworks Show has been postponed to Saturday, July 5. Photo: Scott Mullin

 

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What the fireworks cost
Corporate sponsors are funding the majority of this year's fireworks show, which comes with a total price tag of about $110,000.
Fireworks: $33,000 for 4,081 shells
Marine services (towing the barge): $15,000
Police overtime: $36,500
Operations overtime (traffic barricades, park preparation and clean up): $10,500
Sound system: $3,000
DJ More than Music: $1,200
Lifeguards and supervisor: $1,400
Miscellaneous expenses: Up to $9,400.
Source: City of Stamford
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STAMFORD -- The threat of thunderstorms has forced the postponement of the city's Independence Day fireworks, which will now light up the skies above Stamford Harbor on Saturday.

Stamford's fireworks show was originally scheduled for July 3, but city officials decided Wednesday afternoon to push back the event. The National Weather Service is predicting a 70 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms Thursday.

Saturday's forecast, however, is beautiful. The NWS expects a sunny day with the high around 82 degrees followed by a mostly clear night and temperatures no lower than 60 degrees.

"The postponement will not affect any other details of the event," Mayor David Martin's office said in a news release. "The event is planned to begin at 6 p.m. at Cummings Park, with the fireworks display beginning after sundown. The event is free of charge."

The event will kick off with entertainment provided by the DJ More Than Music. Patriotic songs will be broadcast during the fireworks show, scheduled to start around 9 p.m.

Mother Nature is not the first force to threaten this year's fireworks. In April, Martin threatened to cancel the show after the Board of Finance cut $3 million from his proposed operating budget, including a $215,000 reduction aimed at the parks and facilities maintenance departments.

Corporate sponsors stepped up to pick up almost all the event's $110,000 tab. Stamford taxpayers are expected to contribute another $15,000 toward the cost of the show.