Nightly News   |  July 03, 2013

Fireworks cut from military budget

The Fourth of July will be less colorful this year for members of the military and their families who won’t be seeing fireworks at bases like Camp Lejeune or Fort Bragg because of the sequester. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

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>>> as we head to july 4th and the holiday weekend, remember this. the reason we blow off fireworks tomorrow night, or go see the professionals do it, is that john adams said we should. he said u.s. independence "ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illumination from one end of the continent to the other. he couldn't have imagined a congress like the one in washington, which has given us the sequester budgets because they can't agree on a budget, which means members of the military and their families won't get to see any fireworks this year at places like camp lejeune or ft. bragg because there is no money to pay for it. the wife of a gunnery sergeant said it's a bummer for the kids. like the grinch stealing christmas. one founding father who agree with that young mother of three.