EAST SYRACUSE (WSYR-TV) – East Syracuse held its annual fireworks display on Saturday night, after it was initially cancelled by the village.
The estimated $15,000 price tag had been deemed an unnecessary expense, and the event was cut from the village budget.
East Syracuse ended up raising property taxes 22% and cut back on some services.
Last month, Onondaga County and private donors stepped in to save the fireworks display.
It’s a tradition in East Syracuse that goes back 40 years.
"It brings the community together you know. It's just something that these people enjoy doing every year,” said Dave Jones, who watched with his grandson.
"Dan Liedka, who's a county legislator, got us some money from the county and East Syracuse Chevrolet got us $5,000 and we can’t thank them enough for stepping up to the plate,” said Wayne Cunningham with the East Syracuse Chamber of Commerce.
Cunningham estimated that about 9,000 people were in attendance.