In the past, the popular event attracted well-known musical acts, including Huey Lewis And The News in 2009.
“The decision to cancel the July 3 event was made during the budget process for 2011,” said City Manager Eric Hansen. “It is one of many cutbacks made as part of the city’s ongoing efforts to preserve basic services,” he said.
The action was part of council’s approval of the city’s 2011 budget at its Dec. 13 council meeting.
One Mason resident has stepped up with hopes of rekindling the spirit of the event.
Mason resident Kevin Shew, president of Prestige Fireworks in Mason, is planning a scaled-down version this year on July 4 at Corwin Nixon Park. Shew said this year there will not be any bands and just snack vendors. The fireworks display won’t be as grand either.
“The fireworks display itself is going to be scaled back unless we get some more support between now and then,” he said.
For information or to support the effort, go to www.savemasonfireworks.org.