Sad! Family 4th at Lake Union canceled, One Reel says

Sad! Family 4th at Lake Union canceled, One Reel says
People came to Gas Works Park as early as noon for the 10pm fireworks display. Every year tens of thousands come to Lake Union for Seattle's only fireworks show. July 4th 2012. (Joshua Lewis / KOMO News)
SEATTLE -- The Fourth of July fireworks show on Lake Union has been canceled after organizers were unable to raise enough money to put on the show.

One Reel, which manages the production, had set a March 31 deadline to raise the $500,000 needed for the event.

"We were several hundred thousand dollars short. It wasn't even close," said One Reel spokeswoman Aubrey Bergauer.

Bergauer said even if a last-minute source of funding were found this week it would be too late to organize a show this year.

"This deadline is a real deadline. It was driven by our suppliers," she said. "The reality is it's just not going to happen."

Bergauer donations already received for the 2013 show would be refunded.

In previous years One Reel put the show together and then asked for donations, but this year the group decided to try to raise the money in advance.

The money was needed for the actual fireworks themselves and behind-the-scenes necessities like police officers and firefighters.