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Annual Independence Day Navy Tours Canceled in Everett

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SEATTLE (AP) - The Navy says there won't be any ship tours at Naval Station Everett this July 4 because of federal budget cuts.

The Seattle Times reports the base will not be able to open its doors to visitors for Independence Day.

The annual event has been popular, with about 5,000 people coming to the base last year. It has one of the few chances for the public to enter the Navy's facility where three destroyers, three frigates, a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and a Coast Guard buoy tender are based.

The Navy says budget cuts are forcing the military to cut back on community outreach programs.
Earlier this week, Seafair organizers in Seattle confirmed there will be no annual Blue Angels air show and the Navy has said it couldn't spare its ships for Seattle's Fleet Week.

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