Fireworks To Cap Holiday Parade

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The fourth annual Main Street/APS Electric Light Parade will end in spectacular fashion this year, with the fireworks show that was canceled due to the Willow Fire.

At the time that the traditional July 4 fireworks display was canceled, Payson Mayor Barbara Brewer said she hoped to move it to Labor Day weekend. That isn't going to happen.

"That slipped through the cracks for doing it Labor Day weekend because of the budget," Brewer said. "The money we had in the budget for the Fourth of July fireworks actually went away, so we appropriated $2,500 to do a fireworks display at the end of the Electric Light Parade to kick off the Christmas season."

The Independence Day fireworks were canceled June 29. In announcing the town's decision, Brewer said, "We just can't put on a fireworks show in our community when we have a (43,000)-acre fire right beside us. That isn't common sense."

The Electric Light Parade is scheduled for 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 4. It will probably begin at Green Valley Park and proceed east down Main Street to Sawmill Crossing, as it did last year, according to officials.

For more information or for an entry application, call the Main Street office at (928) 468-6074.

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