Tucson’s July 4th fireworks are back on.
A day after announcing the fireworks were being canceled for budget reasons, the show is on again thanks to a group of community organizations which felt the celebration was too important to lose.
The City Council announced late Thursday it collected enough money from private donors to hold the fireworks this year.
Councilwoman Karin Uhlich said the companies that donated include Tucson Electric Power, the Arizona Builders Alliance, Cox Communications, the Tohono O’odham Nation, and the Pascua Yaqui Tribe among others. There are also donors who wish to remain anonymous.
Uhlich said so much money was collected from private donors the city may be able to start a fund to go towards paying for next year’s fireworks.
Meanwhile, Marana will test-fire several fireworks from Arizona Pavilions at 8 p.m. Friday so businesses and residents can find the best vantage points for this year’s Star-Spangled Spectacular.
The event at North Cortaro Road and Interstate 10 is being held in the area for the first time this year.
The Independence Day event will be held 6 to 10 p.m. July 4. Fireworks will begin at 9 p.m.