All week long, northeast Ohioans have been enjoying themselves with the staple show of the holiday -- Fireworks.
CLEVELAND -- All week long, those living in Northeast Ohio are enjoying themselves with the staple show of the holiday -- fireworks.
But, on the east side, there seem to be fewer shows than in past years, as they keep getting cancelled.
Many of the municipalities cite expense and large crowds as reasons for the cancellations.
We checked in with several east side communities and only a few, including Willoughby, Solon and Bainbridge still have the fiery displays.
Shaker Heights has cancelled its celebration for the past few years, according to police.
Bedford has cancelled fireworks over the past two years because of crowds, according to city manager Michael Mallis.
Police say Cleveland Heights hasn't had a fiery spectacle now for 15 years.
Garfield Heights police report they're not having a fireworks show, but gave Channel 3 no reason.
Maple Heights had its last Fourth of July week spectacle 3 years ago, police were able to report. They too could not say why.
The last time Euclid had a fireworks display was 2008. Mayor Bill Cervenik reports the city decided to cancel the show because of the economic downturn. He tells Channel 3's Hilary Golston the fireworks display itself cost the city $35,000. Other costs associated with closing streets, providing amenities and emergency personnel as well as other things, brought the grand total to approximately $80,000.
Cervenik thinks east-side residents should instead find fun in larger spectacles like Wednesday night's Star Spangled Spectacular in Public Square. The night has boasted between 60,000 and 80,000 people in years past. The event also offers a free concert performed by the world-renowned Cleveland Orchestra.
Especially after cutting important jobs, Cervenik couldn't stomach keeping something so expensive for entertainment value. "It's a personal thing when you tell people you no longer have a job," Cervenik told Golston.
Over on the west-side in Berea where the Grindstone Festival on Coe Lake will provide a fireworks show tomorrow, opinions were strong -- keep the fireworks. "That's the best... that everybody gets together and end the evening with the fireworks," Brenda Weiksner tells Golston. "You bring the colors together. It's like bringing the family together."
You can find the fireworks show closest to you using our Northeast Ohio fireworks guide
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