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States spending the most on fireworks

  • #19. Florida

    - Fireworks imported in 2018: $0.77 per person (0.3% below national average)
    - Fireworks imported in 2019: $0.81 per person (0.2% below national average)
    - Fireworks imported in 2020, Jan. through April: $0.21 per person (0.3% below national average)

    Florida’s emergence as a coronavirus hotspot has compelled cities across the state to cancel or postpone their fireworks shows. Places like Campbell County and Chesterfield County, however, have canceled everything but their fireworks shows and have established viewing restrictions and safety guidelines for spectators.

  • #18. Arkansas

    - Fireworks imported in 2018: $1.32 per person (0.3% above national average)
    - Fireworks imported in 2019: $1.01 per person (0.0% above national average)
    - Fireworks imported in 2020, Jan. through April: $0.37 per person (0.2% above national average)

    Towns and cities across Arkansas have canceled or postponed their fireworks shows, most notably Pops on the Rocks in Little Rock. Vendors and retailers at fireworks tents, on the other hand, are bracing for much larger crowds as private residents plan to host their own fireworks shows at home.

  • #17. Utah

    - Fireworks imported in 2018: $1.24 per person (0.2% above national average)
    - Fireworks imported in 2019: $1.03 per person (0.0% above national average)
    - Fireworks imported in 2020, Jan. through April: $0.31 per person (0.0% above national average)

    Some of the big events in Utah are still up in the air, like the Stadium of Fire event in Provo, which has canceled most festivities but is still considering a fireworks show. Murray is still tentatively planning to hold a concert and fireworks show and Herriman has announced that it’s going forward with its own fireworks display, but has rebranded it in honor of front-line workers.

  • #16. Pennsylvania

    - Fireworks imported in 2018: $1.14 per person (0.1% above national average)
    - Fireworks imported in 2019: $1.24 per person (0.3% above national average)
    - Fireworks imported in 2020, Jan. through April: $0.28 per person (0.1% below national average)

    Pittsburgh and Philadelphia have both canceled their Independence Day fireworks shows, but it’s not only Pennsylvania’s major cities that are playing it safe. Cities and towns like York, Yardley, Levittown, Canonsburg, Brentwood, Cranberry, Erie, and Mt. Lebanon have all either canceled or postponed.

  • #15. Tennessee

    - Fireworks imported in 2018: $1.05 per person (0.0% above national average)
    - Fireworks imported in 2019: $1.32 per person (0.3% above national average)
    - Fireworks imported in 2020, Jan. through April: $0.40 per person (0.3% above national average)

    Nashville has canceled its fireworks show, but more than 20 places in the Chatanooga area are still planning to hold their own displays. Most, however, are calling it quits, a reality that has hit Tennessee’s massive fireworks industry hard. Fireworks display companies there are reporting losses of 50% to 80% compared to last year.

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  • #14. Wisconsin

    - Fireworks imported in 2018: $1.87 per person (0.8% above national average)
    - Fireworks imported in 2019: $1.37 per person (0.4% above national average)
    - Fireworks imported in 2020, Jan. through April: $0.33 per person (0.1% above national average)

    Even though fireworks are illegal in some parts of the state, Wisconsin fireworks retailers are reporting a massive uptick in sales as residents stock up to set off fireworks of their own. The driving force behind that trend, of course, is the cancelation of public displays across the state.

  • #13. Washington

    - Fireworks imported in 2018: $1.47 per person (0.4% above national average)
    - Fireworks imported in 2019: $1.45 per person (0.5% above national average)
    - Fireworks imported in 2020, Jan. through April: $0.42 per person (0.4% above national average)

    The Vancouver Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular is one of the biggest Independence Day shows in the Northwest, but this year, it’s been canceled. Seattle, Tacoma, Bellevue, and Seafair have all followed suit.

  • #12. Indiana

    - Fireworks imported in 2018: $2.75 per person (1.6% above national average)
    - Fireworks imported in 2019: $2.18 per person (1.2% above national average)
    - Fireworks imported in 2020, Jan. through April: $0.57 per person (0.9% above national average)

    The Indiana Department of Homeland Security issued more than 150 permits for fireworks shows across the state. It appears, however, that most will go unused. Bloomington, Lafayette, Indianapolis, and much of Central Indiana have all called off their shows.

  • #11. South Dakota

    - Fireworks imported in 2018: $1.54 per person (0.5% above national average)
    - Fireworks imported in 2019: $2.22 per person (1.2% above national average)
    - Fireworks imported in 2020, Jan. through April: $0.23 per person (0.2% below national average)

    Sioux Falls and Watertown are among the many cities and towns in South Dakota that have canceled their fireworks shows—but there is one glaring exception. After an 11-year absence due to wildfire danger, a major fireworks display will return to Mt. Rushmore in a July 4th celebration that President Trump plans to attend. In January, Trump was asked about the decade-plus absence and responded, “What can burn? It's stone. Nobody knew why.”

  • #10. Nevada

    - Fireworks imported in 2018: $3.05 per person (1.9% above national average)
    - Fireworks imported in 2019: $2.52 per person (1.5% above national average)
    - Fireworks imported in 2020, Jan. through April: $0.74 per person (1.5% above national average)

    Many of the big casinos and resorts in Las Vegas are partying hard as usual this July 4th, fireworks and all. Reno canceled its plans, as did many of the big towns around Lake Tahoe, but several smaller and more rural regions of the state are going forward with their previously scheduled plans.

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