Miami's Plans for the Fourth Fizzle

The county's annual concert and fireworks extravaganza is canceled because of money

Get ready to see what the Fourth of July is without fireworks.

The Miami-Dade Parks and Recreation Department announced Tuesday that it has canceled this year's annual Amelia Earhart Park Fourth of July Concert and Fireworks celebration because of a lack of money from sponsors.

George Parrado, assistant director of recreation for Miami-Dade Parks, said it was difficult to secure sponsors in the current economic climate. He also said the event may be in danger again in 2010 if enough sponsors can't be secured to defray the cost.

The Independence Day celebration usually features concerts, food and drinks, paddle boat rides, bike trails, a farm village and a dog park among other things.

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