As towns and cities across the United States are plagued by harsh weather and a harsher economy, many have been forced to abandon traditional Independence Day fireworks celebrations. But in New Rochelle, NY, a lifeline appeared from the unlikeliest of sources.

Reporter: Lisa Sylvester
Producer: Frederick Bernas
Field Producer (NJ): Ross Levitt
Photojournalists: Bob Bikel, Jung Park

This package was broadcast on CNN’s “The Situation Room” on July 4, 2012.