SPOKANE, Wash.—Organizers at Riverfront Park were charging some people for seats at the firework show on Friday night.
Organizers charged people who wanted to sit on the stairs behind the convention center. It cost $5 to $10 for a seat on the stairs. It cost $20 for seats on the dock.
"50 bucks for a family of five, it's a lot of money,” said visitor Cassie Kincade.
"Fourth of July only happens once a year. I think people should be able to enjoy that stuff without having to spend more money than they have to,” said visitor AJ Snow.
"I don't think people should be charged to watch fireworks on the Fourth of July,” said Spokane resident Russell Neff.
Organizers said it was an opportunity for people to reserve a spot in advance, without having to wait hours to secure their view.
Matt Akers used to live in Seattle and said charging for fireworks was not uncommon.
"To have a place where you can sit back, relax in an environment where you don't have to worry about crime or your things. I think that has a huge benefit to that,” said Akers.
The event was part of a bigger plan to eventually bring more people to the Spokane area. Coordinators said it created more jobs. They said they hired a number of security and staff to help out.
Organizers were not available for an interview on Saturday. The marketing manager of the event said the idea was received well on Friday night and they sold hundreds of tickets.
All of the money from the tickets goes to the convention center.