In the county where I live, it is legal to sell and shoot fireworks. There are fireworks stands at almost every intersection along the highway that I drive to and from my home. Now, this isn’t a major interstate; it’s just a state highway.
Most of the stands offer four free fireworks with the purchase of one firework. Most of them have some sort of inflated character to draw your attention to their stand. One stand is even in an air-conditioned tent. The stands are prohibited by law from opening until June 20 and most of them are closed by the end of the week after July 4.
Normally, the people in my neighborhood buy and shoot a lot of fireworks during the period the stands are open. Some nights it sounds like I live in a war zone. But that’s not true this year. Basically, there have been no major fireworks shot off.
For years I’ve told the friends who were guests here last week about the fireworks. Well, really I complained about them. I thought they’d get to experience what I’ve told them for themselves this year. No … there weren’t any fireworks being shot off.
So, do you think it’s an indication of the economy that people aren’t purchasing fireworks? I know some of the civic displays are being scaled back or cancelled this year. Maybe people who do home displays are doing the same thing. Do your neighbors shoot fireworks? Are they shooting them this year?