The government is shelling out more dough this year on the National Mall 4th of July Celebration when it comes to fireworks ... $30k more, but it's unclear if it's getting a bigger bang for its buck.
We got ahold of the National Park Service's contract for the event where the government lights up the sky for 18 minutes. It'll cost about $270k. Last year's show cost around $240k.
Another $77k will be spent on fencing, while about $13k will go towards emergency services, including fire trucks.
Thousands make the trek to the Mall and Lincoln Memorial for the 4th of July celebration.
The government is scoring a deal on portable toilets. The bill for 120 stalls and 2 hand washing stations comes out to $9k, which sounds like quite the bargain.