Fourth of July Committee — far from being independently wealthy — may cancel parade, fireworks

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Ojai Valley News photo by Tim Dewar
A youngster participating in the 2017 Fourth of July parade may not be able to do so in 2018.
Andra Belknap, Ojai Valley News reporter
The Ojai Independence Day Committee has struggled for years to raise the funds needed for the annual parade and fireworks events, but 2017 represents the first year the group has depleted its savings, said Committee member Bonnie Patton.
In addition, the Committee has $2,000 in outstanding bills from the 2017 celebration.
“If we can not come up with the balance we will have to bring the Ojai Fourth of July celebrations to an end,” wrote Ojai Independence Day Committee President Kristi McGhee in a recent email to community members. 
Patton has served on the Ojai Independence Day Committee for 41 years.

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