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Parris Island cancels 4th of July celebration

Published: May. 31, 2013 at 11:19 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 30, 2013 at 11:47 PM EDT
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PORT ROYAL, SC (WTOC) - Automatic spending cuts continue to affect folks in the Lowcountry.

On Friday, the Marine Corps Recruiting Depot Parris Island released a statement saying they have canceled their annual 4th of July celebration because of federal spending cuts.

Many people have enjoyed this event for years but some say canceling the event may actually bring the community closer together.

"Sometimes you feel like there's a division between the military and the community atParr some of the events," said Cheryll Powell, Port Royal. "I think this will just enhance the one and make it one celebration so we can all celebrate together."

Before, folks had to choose between going to the Parris Island celebration or the one in Port Royal. Many people would go to the Parris Island one to see the Parris Island Marine Band, but now that it's all combined, everyone can go to Sand's Beach in Port Royal.

The band will be performing at 7 p.m., right before the fireworks show.

Parris Island said they canceled their celebration to minimize the financial impact the automatic spending cuts have had on some of their other programs.

Parris Island is not saying whether or not next year's celebration will be canceled as well.

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