Fourth of July group to pay city more than $300,000 for celebration

    The Fourth of July gets no free ride in Philly.

    This year, the non-profit that runs Celebrate America will be paying more than $300,000 for city services associated with the massive bash, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer.

    Back in history (like a few years ago), the fete got a bye on the expenses, but Mayor Michael Nutter ended all that for Celebrate America — and the city’s other massive celebrations: the Mummers and St. Pat’s shindigs.

    There is the detail about the city giving the organizers a $500,000 loan this year, which, in the past, has been converted in to a grant. But that won’t happen this year, according to organizers.

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