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Fourth of July celebrations scaled back due to budget cuts

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It's a little more fizzle than bang this Fourth of July. Hunter Army Airfield and Fort Stewart are having scaled-back celebrations due to federal budget cuts.

On one hand, they are grateful to be seeing any fireworks at all. Many bases across the country had to cancel their Fourth of July pyrotechnics because of the across the board budget cuts known as sequestration. On the other hand, this year just isn't quite the same as last year. WTOC asked one soldier if he had anything to say to our lawmakers in Washington this Independence Day.

"Stop shutting down the stuff that makes the military personnel and their families happy," said Daron Ashcroft, Hunter soldier.

This year, musical acts, games, a petting zoo – things Ashcroft and his family have come to look forward to in their three years at Hunter – are all canceled. Still, the little ones made their own fun and found plenty of big, bright bangs to excite them. But military parents are not so enthusiastic. Also getting the ax is Hunter Lanes, the on-base bowling alley.

"Military installations are places you can go and enjoy and have fun. And now you go off post to do everything. What's the point of living on post if you have to go off post to do everything?" said Ashcroft.

On Thursday, Fort Stewart will be feeling the pinch. Last year, Martina McBride played a free concert. Military families have gotten used to those big-name acts every Fourth of July. But it won't happen this year. Just the fireworks.

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