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Lack of Funds May Force Cancellation of Glenside Fireworks

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by KYW’s Brad Segall

A decision will come tomorrow night on whether one of the largest Fourth of July fireworks shows in the Philadelphia suburbs will go on as scheduled this holiday weekend.

A funding shortfall could put the Glenside, Pa. fireworks spectacular in jeopardy this year.

Organizers with the Greater Glenside Patriotic Association say the parade will go on as scheduled on Sunday afternoon, but the free admission fireworks show may not.

Spokesman Bill Hall says they’re hoping that last-minute donations and some generous businesses will save the day:

“The lagging funding, both from the flyer mailout we do — 17,500 homes — and corporate institutional giving… we’re down about $7,000 for a $15,000 project.”

The organization faced the same financial problems last year but was able to fund the display with a final push.

The entire Fourth of July celebration for Abington and Cheltenham townships costs about $50,000.