Budget cuts military July 4th, but SC bands play

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Federal budget cuts are forcing military installations across South Carolina to cut back or cancel Fourth of July celebrations.

But fireworks and military bands are still on for men and women in uniform and their civilian neighbors in several communities.

Shaw Air Force Base outside Sumter has cancelled its annual celebration, as has the Marine Corps Recruit Training Depot at Parris Island.

Port Royal near the Marine base is hosting their Marine Band and plans on fireworks. A small, on-base picnic is set for Shaw.

The Army's Fort Jackson has slimmed its July 4th event by cancelling its Torchlight Tattoo, but the fireworks are still on.

Army spokesman Pat Jones says the installation expects 15,000 to 20,000 visitors in addition to its 10,000 trainees to attend.

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Susanne M. Schafer can be reached on Twitter at http://twitter.com/susannemarieap

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