Feds Shutdown Fourth of July Celebration

While many Americans will be cooking out, enjoying family, remembering members of the military overseas and shooting fireworks Wednesday in celebration of America’s Independence from Great Britain, the federal government has shut down the annual pre-Independence Day fireworks show in the coastal town of Depoe Bay, Oregon.

According to Oregon Live, it seems apparent that the feds think more of migrating birds and possibly scaring them off with the noise than of patriotic Americans who remember what was sacrificed in the Revolutionary War in order to establish an independent nation.

While Rebecca Chuck, deputy project leader with the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex, said that the decision was to protect birds such as Brandt’s cormorant that nest in Pirates Cove. There are other birds that come and nest in this area as well.

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However, the event takes place less than a mile away from Pirates Cove at Boiler Bay. It has been going on since 1993 and yet these birds have remained in the cove. That is nearly two decades! What is the problem?

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Well it seems some poor soul saw some birds take to the air during one of the fireworks shows (apparently they don’t see them fly at any other time) and notified the federal wildlife service. The feds then contacted the city and asked them to consider moving the event to Fogarty Creek State Recreation Area, but the organizers were unwilling to do that.

The city then asked the feds to conduct a study during last year’s fireworks show and sure enough the feds turned up evidence that birds were scared of the booms of the fireworks and left eggs that were eventually damaged or eaten by predators.

Not only will it cut down on people’s celebration of the Fourth, but it will cut into business as well. While there will be sidewalk sales and, special menus and other items like $1000 in gift cards, nothing will replace the draw of the fireworks show.

Other businesses such as hotels have been booked for the week of the Fourth of July and yet they sill have rooms available this year. This is typical of the federal government. They stifle business and ruin the pursuit of happiness all to control something that, in the end, takes care of itself. These birds continue to flourish, while the people take a backseat to them.

I’m just wondering how these birds have survived all this time seeing as how this has been going on for two decades. Something tells me that the feds are not seeing the whole picture here or they don’t care and are looking to control the situation. In either case, looks like the cities surrounding Depoe Bay really are not going to be celebrating too much independence because the federal government is giving them the bird, literally.

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