Finances Dampen Fireworks Plans

RAHWAY – The city’s annual Fourth of July fireworks display is another casualty of the recession.

With six city workers being laid off July 1, officials decided that it would be insensitive to spend more than $20,000 on a fireworks display.

Several other Union County municipalities also considered canceling fireworks displays because of economic conditions. Summit and New Providence were able to raise private funding to offset the cost of the displays, while Cranford received county funds to save their show. The cancellation of the Rahway fireworks freed up county money for the Cranford display, officials said.

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