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Aerial fireworks get OK for 2013 Manteca July 4th

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POSTED December 20, 2012 12:52 a.m.

Yes, Virginia, there will be aerial fireworks for the Fourth of July.

With Christmas less than a week away, the Manteca City Council on Tuesday approved a $16,800 contract with Zambelli Fireworks International for Independence Day aerial fireworks in 2013.

Councilman John Harris was the only dissenting vote for the contract. It’s not that Harris is a scrooge when it comes to fireworks. He just doesn’t believe any city funds should be spent on fireworks.

The city will tap into a $40,000 account set aside for supporting community events in the parks and recreation operations general fund budget to pay for a portion of the overall celebration’s costs that could run in excess of $20,000. A $2 entry fee for those 12 and older who enter the Big League Dreams sports complex that day helps defray some of the costs. So does a portion of the funds the Manteca Police Officers Association raises from selling fireworks at a booth located at Union Road and Yosemite Avenue.

Those two sources of revenue are combined with sponsorships and vendor fees to help cover the largest chunk of the expenses the city incurs for staging the Fourth of July celebration. The Independence Day celebration in previous years has attracted between 6,000 and 10,000 people.

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