LOVELAND - Budgets cuts forced Loveland to cancel its Fourth of July celebration, but a local family saved the day, 9 On Your Side's Natasha Williams reported.
The Joseph family, owners of Columbia Chevrolet, donated $5,000 to revive the parade, concert and fireworks show.
City officials said they have had to make a number of cuts in the last four years to offset state budget cuts and tax law changes.
"When you have to choose between the nice-to-haves - even though they are things to make you feel good about the community - and the have-to-haves, you've got to cut the nice-to-haves," said city council member Brent Zuch.
"For example, if you are choosing between flowers and fireworks or whether you are going to have a second policeman, you have to make the safety-responsible decision."
The mayor of Loveland commended the Joseph family, saying what they did represented the true spirit of the Fourth of July.
The parade was scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at Loveland Elementary School, followed by a festival at Nisbet Park from 8 to 10 p.m.
Fireworks begin at dark.
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