The Real Cost of July 4, from NYC to Nashville

By Lewis Braham - 2012-06-26T20:34:29Z

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Seattle's Family 4th

Seattle's Family 4th celebration will occur in Gas Works Park on the north shore of Lake Union. The 21-minute fireworks display explodes more than 2,400 shells over the lake. About 50,000 people watch the show from Gas Works Park, another 200,000 around the lake and on watercraft, and another 200,000 tune in to the Family 4th television broadcast. Music includes funk and soul on the north end of the lake and a battle of indie rock bands on the south. According to its nonprofit organizer One Reel, the cost of the celebration is $550,000; $150,000 of that is for fireworks.