4th of July celebration canceled at Naval Station Great Lakes

CREATED Mar 15, 2013

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NAVAL STATION GREAT LAKES - The 4th of July celebration at Naval Station Great Lakes has been canceled for 2013 because of budget cuts.

"Although the bulk of this free and open to the public festival has always been self-supporting with the help of corporate sponsorship and revenues through retail sales on-site, security and force protection costs for this event cannot be absorbed based on the current fiscal circumstances," said Capt. Randy Lynch with the base.

The 4th of July event has been celebrated every year since 1911.

"For decades the celebration was internal and brought together military families and civilian employees and invited guests from the community to celebrate our nation's birthday, but also to celebrate the anniversary of the Naval installation itself," said Lynch. "The celebrations took the shape of a family picnic or barbeques and, in most years, some form of fireworks display was a
part of the annual festivities."

But in 1993, the event opened to the public, so they could see the base and meet with Navy families. Due to the tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001, the public celebration was cancelled for six years.

"It is unfortunate that we must cancel the event this year," Lynch added. "It is definitely a fantastic opportunity for the Navy and the Installation to give back to the community for all they do for us each year."