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States spending the most on fireworks

  • #39. Connecticut

    - Fireworks imported in 2018: $0.09 per person (0.9% below national average)
    - Fireworks imported in 2019: $0.14 per person (0.9% below national average)
    - Fireworks imported in 2020, Jan. through April: $0.01 per person (1.0% below national average)

    Most Connecticut cities, like Wilton, Westport, and West Haven, have canceled their fireworks shows. At least once city, however, Waterbury, is going ahead as planned, although police are closing off a communal viewing area and enforcing social distancing.

  • #38. Arizona

    - Fireworks imported in 2018: $0.19 per person (0.8% below national average)
    - Fireworks imported in 2019: $0.15 per person (0.8% below national average)
    - Fireworks imported in 2020, Jan. through April: $0.06 per person (0.8% below national average)

    Like Colorado, Arizona is a mixed bag. Some cities, like Flagstaff, have canceled their festivities. Others, like Lake Havasu, are going forward as planned without even issuing any guidelines on precautions like masks and distancing.

  • #37. Virginia

    - Fireworks imported in 2018: $0.20 per person (0.8% below national average)
    - Fireworks imported in 2019: $0.17 per person (0.8% below national average)
    - Fireworks imported in 2020, Jan. through April: $0.01 per person (1.0% below national average)

    The vast majority of public fireworks displays have been canceled across Virginia, and those who were thinking of DIYing their own parties are out of luck. Aerial fireworks are illegal across the state for personal use.

  • #36. Kentucky

    - Fireworks imported in 2018: $0.55 per person (0.5% below national average)
    - Fireworks imported in 2019: $0.19 per person (0.8% below national average)
    - Fireworks imported in 2020, Jan. through April: $0.08 per person (0.7% below national average)

    Most of Kentucky will be fireworks-free this July 4. Some cities, however—like Lexington and, naturally, Independence—insist that the show must go on.

  • #35. New Jersey

    - Fireworks imported in 2018: $0.74 per person (0.3% below national average)
    - Fireworks imported in 2019: $0.22 per person (0.8% below national average)
    - Fireworks imported in 2020, Jan. through April: $0.07 per person (0.8% below national average)

    New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announced that the Garden State is free to hold Independence Day fireworks celebrations, but most of the state is choosing to play it safe. Most cities are canceling, some are postponing until later in the summer or early fall, and a few, like Middle Township, are putting on a show in real life and streaming it live on Facebook.

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  • #34. Illinois

    - Fireworks imported in 2018: $0.11 per person (0.9% below national average)
    - Fireworks imported in 2019: $0.24 per person (0.8% below national average)
    - Fireworks imported in 2020, Jan. through April: $0.06 per person (0.8% below national average)

    Chicago’s Navy Pier fireworks show is canceled, but some smaller cities like Yorkville are moving forward as planned. Highland Park is among the localities hosting virtual celebrations.

  • #33. Louisiana

    - Fireworks imported in 2018: $0.23 per person (0.8% below national average)
    - Fireworks imported in 2019: $0.27 per person (0.7% below national average)
    - Fireworks imported in 2020, Jan. through April: $0.11 per person (0.6% below national average)

    New Orleans was forced to cancel its famous Go 4th on the River celebration, fireworks and all. Other cities, like Columbia and Baton Rouge are still planning to continue the festivities.

  • #32. Vermont

    - Fireworks imported in 2018: $0.55 per person (0.5% below national average)
    - Fireworks imported in 2019: $0.30 per person (0.7% below national average)
    - Fireworks imported in 2020, Jan. through April: $0.21 per person (0.3% below national average)

    Vermont’s governor announced that towns can hold drive-in fireworks shows as long as they enforce strict social distancing. Some bigger cities like Burlington canceled their plans altogether, but some smaller towns are planning drive-in displays that spectators can watch from the safety of their vehicles.

  • #31. Maryland

    - Fireworks imported in 2018: $0.15 per person (0.9% below national average)
    - Fireworks imported in 2019: $0.33 per person (0.7% below national average)
    - Fireworks imported in 2020, Jan. through April: $0.02 per person (0.9% below national average)

    Although some events have been canceled, cities and towns across the state of Maryland will go forward with their Fourth of July fireworks plans. Most are encouraging or mandating social distancing, requiring masks, or setting up alternate viewing locations.

  • #30. Oregon

    - Fireworks imported in 2018: $0.33 per person (0.7% below national average)
    - Fireworks imported in 2019: $0.37 per person (0.6% below national average)
    - Fireworks imported in 2020, Jan. through April: $0.11 per person (0.6% below national average)

    The city of Central Point, Ore., canceled all of its planned July 4th celebrations except for its fireworks show. Much of the rest of the state, including its largest population centers, have called off their fireworks celebrations, as well.

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