We're two days away from the Fourth of July, but don't expect many city-sanctioned fireworks shows this year.
The big picture: International supply chain issues coupled with record high demand have made fireworks more expensive and harder to find, leading several cities to cancel their shows.
Zoom in: Minneapolis organizers said because COVID-19 restrictions weren't loosened until May, they didn’t have enough time to pull the event together.
- St. Paul listed budgetary reasons — an explanation Mayor Melvin Carter first gave in 2018, when he said they didn’t "have $100,000 to spend on blowing up rockets over our city."
What they're doing: Minneapolis will host smaller events sans fireworks in city parks. CHS Field in St. Paul will have firework shows after Saints games on Saturday and Sunday.
- Or: Viewers can head to the suburbs, where Delano, Excelsior, Bloomington and more will hold shows.
- Find a full list here.
Of note: The Minneapolis Aquatennial fireworks show is still planned for July 24 along the Mississippi Riverfront.
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