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April 12, 2013 at 9:18 AM

Navy cancels July Fourth event at Everett Navy base

A popular festival that draws thousands to Naval Station Everett for Fourth of July has been canceled because of federal budget shortfalls, the Navy announced this morning.

Budget shortfalls due to sequestration are forcing the Navy and other military services to cut back on formal community outreach programs in 2013, the Navy said.

Naval Station Everett’s annual festival is one of the public’s few chances to enter the base and tour Navy ships. Last year, approximately 5,000 people attended the event, which was also canceled in 2011 because of enhanced security measures adopted after Osama bin Laden’s death.

The news comes just days after Seafair confirmed there will be no annual Blue Angels air show and the Navy said it couldn’t spare its ships for Seattle’s Fleet Week because of  federal budget cuts. The Angels’ grounding had Seafair officials turn to the California-based Patriots Jet Team, which will perform over Lake Washington for Seafair.

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