(CNN) – Even as the automatic spending cuts of the sequester continue to lack the major repercussions originally anticipated, there will be a glaring example of their impacts visible above many U.S. military bases this Independence Day.
Multiple bases, including Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii and North Carolina's Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base have been forced to cancel their July 4 fireworks displays in order to save money, according to Time.
In canceling its fireworks, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam expected to save some $55,000. The at least 25-year tradition at the base has typically drawn some 13,000 people annually. Instead, the base will be holding a beach fest for the Fourth, according to Grace Hew Len, director of public affairs.
The effects have been felt beyond military bases, with Cowpens National Battlefield also canceling its celebrations. The North Carolina Revolutionary War battle site saved $31,000 by canceling the event, most of the $42,000, or 5%, in budget cuts the site was dealt this year, according to Superintendent John Slaughter.
Slaughter is hopeful he'll be able to raise enough money through philanthropy to restore the Cowpens fireworks next year, for the four to six thousand people who attend each year, according to Time.
Fireworks displays go back as far as the first Fourth of July celebration, with a show held in the air above Philadelphia July 4, 1777. The organizers? Members of the Continental Congress. "That was a time in the [Revolutionary] War when things weren't going well," Time quotes American University's Librarian Emeritus James Heintze as saying. "It was a morale builder."