Are fireworks displays a good use of local tax dollars?

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Fireworks at Battle Creek in St Paul, photo by NVJ via Flickr

For the first time since the city began celebrating Independence Day, Red Wing is going without a fireworks display. A committee that raises money to fund the show failed to convince enough businesses and individuals that it was worth lighting up the sky in the scenic river town this year.

The show will go on across the state. Unlike in Red Wing, many community fireworks displays have a more reliable funding source: local tax dollars.

Today’s Question: Are fireworks displays a good use of local tax dollars?