All is quiet in Wilmington this weeked — a big difference from this time last year.
The city cut its annual July 4th celebration from the budget, so the picnic, orchestra performance and fireworks show residents enjoyed last year are being traded for a family-friendly event at the zoo.
In place of the party, which the News Journal reports cost $125,000 last year, residents are encouraged to hit the Brandywine Zoo for its America Celebration.
Saturday and Sunday, the zoo will host live animal demonstrations, a concert and arts and crafts, all in the spirit of celebrating the U.S.
The city’s Fourth tradition is suspended until funding can be figured out.