Marina del Rey will be without its popular annual Fourth of July fireworks extravaganza this year as a result of budget cutbacks, Los Angeles County officials have announced.

The fireworks show over Marina del Rey has been one of the most widely attended Independence Day celebrations in the region, attracting thousands of viewers and forcing alternate traffic plans each year.

But county officials indicated last year that the fireworks extravaganza would likely be in jeopardy for 2011 as a victim of the budget crisis.

Despite the lack of colorful lights over the Marina harbor this Fourth of July, county officials stress to the public that there will “still be plenty to do in this popular seaside community.”

They note that hotels, restaurants retailers and local attractions will be open, and the public can enjoy various activities such as fishing, boating and cruising at the area parks and beaches.

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