The city of Palm Springs, California, recently announced it would replace its annual Fourth of July fireworks celebration with a laser light show, citing the negative impacts the loud noises could have on animals and veterans dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
The change follows a 3-2 city council vote last month against authorizing $55,000 to fund the “All American July 4, 2021, Fireworks Event.” Officials also canceled the pyrotechnics last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but city staffers said they were confident crowds would be able to safely gather this year with protective measures. The state is set to fully reopen its economy on June 15.
Councilman Dennis Woods noted before the vote that the community is “just coming out of covid” and “it seems like the perfect time to do a paradigm shift.”
Mayor Christy Gilbert Holstege, who voted to approve the expenditure, described the move as “a sudden judgment” to cancel a “50-year” tradition.
The Palm Springs Desert Sun