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I saw the list of all of the different things that Brookfield and the town and Elm Grove are offering for the 4th of July and as a Brookfield resident I am wondering how much the city is spending on the holiday when its residents could just drive to a neighboring community and save money.

Answer: Hmm, this is an interesting one. I've been here for three years and I don't think I've ever gotten an email pertaining to the 4th of July other than asking when fireworks are (to which I usually just sigh and get sad because we do the recap of all events every year).

Anyway, let's get started.

How much does the city of Brookfield spend on its annual 4th of July activities?

Well, this year, like last year and every year since I've been here, the government's 4th of July holiday spending amounted to two different events: Family Fest at Mitchell Park in the evening and the Parade/Post-Parade festivities in the morning.

According to city of Brookfield Director of Parks, Recreation & Forestry Bill Kolstad, total government expenses in 2016 came out to around $28,000.

"For the Family Fest and fireworks, it was approximately $17,000. We took in about $4,000 in sponsorships and sales," Kolstad said. "For the parade total expenses were approximately $20,000 with sponsorships of $5,000.

Kolstad noted that the city works hard to find local businesses and organizations to take part in helping to fund the events.

"We're always trying to get more community interests involved in sponsoring those types of activities," Kolstad said.

Kolstad said the July 4 festivities are the department's two most-attended annual events.

"We're probably reaching 10,000 to 12,000 spectators at the parade and approximately 10,000 at the Family Fest and fireworks," Kolstad said. "I think the community supports it and the community obviously, through their participation and attendance, believe this to be a worthwhile event."

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