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Citing budget cuts, Fort Bragg cancels July 4th celebration

Posted April 11, 2013

— Fort Bragg announced Thursday that its Fourth of July celebration will be canceled because of budget cuts.

Post officials said they cannot afford the $120,000 in overtime pay associated with the event, which has regularly drawn more than 50,000 people since it started more than 30 years ago. 

“Our reduced operating budget for the remainder of this year forces many very tough decisions; notably, I must cancel our annual Fort Bragg 4th of July celebration,” Lt. Gen. Daniel B. Allyn, commander of XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg, said in a statement.

"With a pending civilian workforce furlough and a 34 percent operational budget cut, we're prioritizing our services to ensure our readiness and care of service members, civilians and families."

After the decision was announced, people began complaining on social media, and some even offered to pay for the July 4th event themselves. A Fort Bragg spokesman said federal rules don't allow any donations to cover overtime costs.

The federal budget sequester has forced other recent cuts on post, including the cancellation of some mowing and landscaping contracts and the cancellation of cable TV contracts in fitness centers.

Fireworks generic, Fourth of July, Independence Day, July 4th Independence Day celebration not only casualty of Bragg cuts

Habanero's Grill, Runway Bowling Lanes, the woodworking shop and Cleland Ice Rink will also be closing.

“While we expect to face additional tough fiscal decisions in the weeks ahead, we will continue to train our force to sustain our individual and unit readiness to meet assigned and contingency missions," Allyn said. 

The Navy announced Thursday the cancellation of the 2013 Navy Week season, which shows Americans the investment they have made in the Navy and its role in preserving the nation's security. Navy Week festivities had been scheduled to visit Raleigh during the 2013 season.

Last week, Fort Bragg announced that soldiers will no longer serve as school crossing guards on the post because of cuts.

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  • josephlawrence43 Apr 12, 2:39 p.m.

    Why not bring the 10th Marines back--they'll provide all the noise you'd ever want...

  • jssccraft2011 Apr 12, 10:00 a.m.

    EVERYONE I AM RUNNING AN OFFICIAL OPERATION SAVE THE FOURTH OF JULY GROUP ON FACEBOOK WE ARE IN THE WORKS OF THROWING TOGETHER AN AMAZING CELEBRATION FOR THE SOLDIERS. MIND YOU, THIS IS NOT TO BASH BRAGG, THIS IS NOT BRAGG'S FAULT, PLEASE JOIN FOR MORE INFO!!! https://www.facebook.com/groups/243948569083778/

  • Crumps Br0ther Apr 12, 9:23 a.m.

    Well Michelle will be happy they wont be doing all that stuff "for a flag"

  • Crumps Br0ther Apr 12, 9:22 a.m.

    Now tell us again why you're only mad at the black guy who spent LESS? junkmail

    why did you have to mention skin color? Just to make sure you rammed something home?

    Don't try to confuse them with the facts, it's such a foreign-concept to them, you know. Rumors and innuendo, the backbone of Fox News and the Republican Party.
    prodigalrn

    You ignore plenty of facts yourself but the liberal double standard absolves you of it

  • lyteoflife Apr 11, 5:27 p.m.

    not cool!!!! Especially when so many are coming home and will actually be home for the 4th this year. Hopefully Fayetteville will pull thru. The 4th at Bragg ...some of my fondest memories when I was there!!!!

  • whatelseisnew Apr 11, 4:55 p.m.

    I have to wonder if ANY of these people that make these decisions every think about asking people to VOLUNTEER. But this is all just part of a continuum to make it appear that the tiny tiny tiny amount of "REDUCED" dollars is reason for massive impact. I have noticed that many of these announcements have to do with interaction with the Public. The Blue Angels were mentioned the other day. they could restore all of this just be ending Food Stamps, which should not exist.

  • Frov Apr 11, 4:31 p.m.

    It is such a shame that we can't just keep taking more and more money from the taxpayers to pay for every unneeded thing that the politicians want to do. And I don't want to hear any crazy talk about how, if the politicians only stole a little less, that this could be afforded.

  • Elvisisdead Apr 11, 4:07 p.m.

    Both the president and his spokesman have publicly stated, repeatedly, that the original idea for the sequester came from the White House. It may not have been the president's personal idea but he owns it.

    Now, the rest of the story. The president's idea was presented to a bipartisan committee (republican AND democrat) who approved it and forwarded it to congress. The democrat controlled senate and republican controlled house BOTH passed the bill. The president signed the bill. At any point, democrats, republicans or the president could have stopped the process. They didn't. EVERYONE shares fault, if it is a faulty process in the first place. What you dem vs repub or repub vs dem folks don't get is our government is failing. Many would say it has already failed beyond repair. You're too busy finger pointing to see our plight. In the end, we all lose...Suasponte

    Shame on you for pointing out those pesky facts.

  • Suasponte Apr 11, 4:03 p.m.

    News Flash: Bush is not the president anymore.

  • pipcolt Apr 11, 3:53 p.m.

    GM needs to pick up the tab for the fourth. They owe it to everyone in the country.

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