Federal budget cuts cancel Shaw's July 4th event | News
SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. (AP) - Shaw Air Force Base is canceling its annual Independence Day celebration because of automatic federal budget cuts.
Base officials say the cuts won't leave officials with enough money to put on the Jammin' July Fourth event at a Sumter park.
“Due to budget constraints Team Shaw is unable to host Jammin’ July 4th this year at Dillon Park,” said Col. Clay Hall, 20th FW commander. “The Sumter community has provided phenomenal support to Shaw AFB and its military personnel at this event for many years and I’d like to thank every person that has had a hand in its success.”
The party has been held for about two decades and includes fireworks, carnival rides and food. Base officials say up to 35,000 people have attended in the past.
Shaw Air Force Base has partnered with Sumter County and the city of Sumter to put on the event since 2001.
The budget cuts, called sequestration, have cancelled scores of festivals and air shows across the country.
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