States spending the most on fireworks

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June 26, 2020
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States spending the most on fireworks

Summer has arrived—and with it comes socially acceptable white pants, hordes of children unleashed from the bonds of education, and fireworks. LOTS of fireworks.

Fireworks on the Fourth of July date almost all the way back all the way to the nation's founding. The first celebration of Independence Day was held July 4, 1777, exactly one year after the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence. The Congress actually declared its independence two days earlier, with John Adams thinking July 2 would forever be the “most memorable epoch in the History of America.” But since the Declaration of Independence was approved after some revisions on the fourth, that's the date popular history remembers. At that first Independence Day celebration in 1777, there were boats decked in red, white, and blue, 13-gun salutes (representing the 13 colonies) and, of course, fireworks.

In the modern-day U.S., consumer fireworks are a $1 billion dollar business. Most of that consumption does occur right around the Fourth of July—and in all states but one (Massachusetts), some types of fireworks are legal to buy. Several states have additional restrictions on airborne fireworks, but allow sparklers and other, less intense fireworks. Americans' love of fireworks isn't limited to Independence Day, though: “Display fireworks,” which are used in commercial displays rather than set off by consumers, are themselves a $360 million business. Thus, even in states in which consumer fireworks are tightly regulated, fireworks shows still happen regularly at sporting events, festivals, and concerts.

States which tightly regulate fireworks have a solid rationale: exploding things are dangerous. ValuePenguin reports a 325% spike in injuries between July 3 and 4, with “the majority 17.1% of these injuries happen to children ages 5 to 10 years.” Massachusetts's Office of the State Fire Marshal reminds consumers that even sparklers burn at 1800 degrees Fahrenheit. There are some key steps to keeping everyone safe: don't let kids near the fireworks, keep cold water on hand, and don't go anywhere near any airborne fireworks after they've been lit; even if they appear to be dormant, throw water on them first just in case.

Now that the party poopery is out of the way, check out our gallery of states spending the most on fireworks, ranked by imports to the state per capita based on data from the U.S. Trade Census. States are ranked based on their imports in 2019, the most recent full year of data which is available. Delaware has not imported sufficient fireworks in 2018, 2019, and 2020 to be included in this database. 2020 data are not available for Rhode Island, Georgia, and North Carolina, and only 2018 data are available for Alaska.

States across the country have seen a massive uptick in the number of fireworks being purchased and set off—often recklessly and illegally—during the coronavirus shutdown. This list does not include that surge as the data go only through April 2020.

Read on to find out which state spends a whopping $8.80 per person on fireworks and which states only spend pennies.

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#49. Alaska

- Fireworks imported in 2018: $0.31 per person (0.7% below national average)

Major cities like Anchorage have canceled their fireworks displays this July 4th in Alaska, but it’s not all bad news for revelers. Last year, the state banned both the use and sale of fireworks due to dry fire-hazard conditions, but officials recently lifted the ban, so Alaskans can at least light up the sky on their own.

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#48. Rhode Island

- Fireworks imported in 2018: $0.23 per person (0.8% below national average)
- Fireworks imported in 2019: $0.02 per person (1.0% below national average)

Fireworks displays have been canceled or postponed in virtually all of Rhode Island. With ground-based fireworks now legal in the state, however, fireworks companies are advertising heavily there, and a big increase in homemade pre-Fourth pyrotechnic displays are rankling law enforcement in the state.

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#47. Massachusetts

- Fireworks imported in 2018: $0.03 per person (1.0% below national average)
- Fireworks imported in 2019: $0.03 per person (1.0% below national average)
- Fireworks imported in 2020, Jan. through April: $0.00 per person (1.0% below national average)

Fireworks events in Plymouth, Worcester, and the famous Boston Pops celebration in Boston have all been canceled this year. A Boston Central events calender published on June 25, however, lists a whole bunch of TBDs for cities and towns across Massachusetts that are considering hosting their own fireworks shows at a later date.

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#46. Georgia

- Fireworks imported in 2018: $0.04 per person (1.0% below national average)
- Fireworks imported in 2019: $0.04 per person (1.0% below national average)

Like most of America, public fireworks displays have been canceled or postponed throughout virtually all of Georgia. Private citizens, however, can legally blast off their own fireworks until 11:59 p.m. on Independence Day unless their local municipality has a noise ordinance that forbids it.

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#45. New Mexico

- Fireworks imported in 2018: $0.09 per person (0.9% below national average)
- Fireworks imported in 2019: $0.05 per person (0.9% below national average)
- Fireworks imported in 2020, Jan. through April: $0.03 per person (0.9% below national average)

New Mexico’s largest metropolitan centers have canceled their planned fireworks displays, but smaller towns like the Village of Los Lunas and Rio Rancho are going ahead with their plans, but with some modifications. Both of those towns and several others are moving to different locations that allow spectators to watch while practicing social distancing.

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#44. North Carolina

- Fireworks imported in 2018: $0.03 per person (1.0% below national average)
- Fireworks imported in 2019: $0.05 per person (0.9% below national average)

Major public fireworks shows have been canceled across North Carolina with almost no exceptions. Charlotte and Raleigh have thrown in the towel, as have smaller towns and tourist enclaves throughout the state, often to the chagrin of local business owners.

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#43. West Virginia

- Fireworks imported in 2018: $0.16 per person (0.8% below national average)
- Fireworks imported in 2019: $0.10 per person (0.9% below national average)
- Fireworks imported in 2020, Jan. through April: $0.02 per person (0.9% below national average)

Fireworks displays have been canceled in virtually every major town and city in West Virginia. Some, like Wheeling, are considering trying again later in the summer.

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#42. New York

- Fireworks imported in 2018: $0.16 per person (0.8% below national average)
- Fireworks imported in 2019: $0.11 per person (0.9% below national average)
- Fireworks imported in 2020, Jan. through April: $0.05 per person (0.8% below national average)

Most of New York has canceled plans to light up the sky, but not the home of the most famous fireworks display in America. New York City is taking the unusual step of holding its iconic Macy’s July 4th Fireworks show across all five boroughs in unannounced bursts. Major aerial fireworks displays will take place randomly and without warning for a full week to prevent New Yorkers from gathering to watch them.

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#41. Minnesota

- Fireworks imported in 2018: $0.16 per person (0.8% below national average)
- Fireworks imported in 2019: $0.12 per person (0.9% below national average)
- Fireworks imported in 2020, Jan. through April: $0.05 per person (0.8% below national average)

By early May, it was already clear that most Minnesotans would not be watching fireworks displays this Fourth of July. Minneapolis has canceled its show and St. Paul hasn’t hosted a fireworks display of its own for two years. The city of Edina has is planning to stream a virtual fireworks show live.

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#40. Colorado

- Fireworks imported in 2018: $0.14 per person (0.9% below national average)
- Fireworks imported in 2019: $0.12 per person (0.9% below national average)
- Fireworks imported in 2020, Jan. through April: $0.05 per person (0.8% below national average)

Unlike most of America, many Colorado towns are still going forward with their fireworks shows—there will be at least 42 displays across the state. More than 70 others, however, have been canceled.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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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#29. Oklahoma

- Fireworks imported in 2018: $0.49 per person (0.5% below national average)
- Fireworks imported in 2019: $0.40 per person (0.6% below national average)
- Fireworks imported in 2020, Jan. through April: $0.15 per person (0.5% below national average)

Oklahoma City canceled its July 4th fireworks plans, but several towns in Oklahoma are going forward as planned. Davis and Lake Murray, both in Chickasaw Country, for example, still plan to light up the night.

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#28. Idaho

- Fireworks imported in 2018: $0.28 per person (0.7% below national average)
- Fireworks imported in 2019: $0.45 per person (0.5% below national average)
- Fireworks imported in 2020, Jan. through April: $0.06 per person (0.8% below national average)

The city of Boise has canceled its plans for its annual fireworks show and Independence Day celebrations. In fact, virtually every major town and city in Idaho have called off their displays.

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#27. California

- Fireworks imported in 2018: $0.47 per person (0.5% below national average)
- Fireworks imported in 2019: $0.45 per person (0.5% below national average)
- Fireworks imported in 2020, Jan. through April: $0.10 per person (0.7% below national average)

Virtually all fireworks displays planned for Southern California have been canceled, likewise for those in the Bay area. The less populated and more rural areas of the state—one of the hardest hit by the virus—are a mixed bag, but statewide, there are far more cancelations than not. Also, the sale and use of personal fireworks are illegal in much of the Golden State because of wildfire danger.

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#26. Hawaii

- Fireworks imported in 2018: $0.40 per person (0.6% below national average)
- Fireworks imported in 2019: $0.46 per person (0.5% below national average)
- Fireworks imported in 2020, Jan. through April: $0.18 per person (0.4% below national average)

Most of Hawaii will have to rely on the shining South Pacific stars to illuminate the night sky on July 4th. In Hawaii County, for example, home of the Big Island, all festivities have been canceled outright, not just fireworks.

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#25. Maine

- Fireworks imported in 2018: $0.48 per person (0.5% below national average)
- Fireworks imported in 2019: $0.51 per person (0.5% below national average)
- Fireworks imported in 2020, Jan. through April: $0.06 per person (0.8% below national average)

Mainers are unfortunately faced with a long summer of cancelations across the state, not just for fireworks displays, but most festivals and celebrations of all stripes. Augusta and Portland, for example, have called things off outright while other cities like Bangor are postponing their events until further notice.

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#24. New Hampshire

- Fireworks imported in 2018: $1.47 per person (0.4% above national average)
- Fireworks imported in 2019: $0.52 per person (0.5% below national average)
- Fireworks imported in 2020, Jan. through April: $0.14 per person (0.5% below national average)

Some stores in New Hampshire are reporting a 40% increase in fireworks sales over the same time last year—and for good reason. Most of the state’s public Independence Day displays have been canceled or postponed, leaving residents to brighten things up on their own.

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#23. Texas

- Fireworks imported in 2018: $0.61 per person (0.4% below national average)
- Fireworks imported in 2019: $0.63 per person (0.4% below national average)
- Fireworks imported in 2020, Jan. through April: $0.13 per person (0.6% below national average)

Kaboom Town in Addison, the largest fireworks display in all of Texas, is not only still happening, but organizers say it will be 30% bigger than last year—cities like Fredericksburg are still going forward with their own festivities, as well. Much of the state, however, which is now a primary coronavirus hotspot, is calling it off.

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#22. Iowa

- Fireworks imported in 2018: $0.83 per person (0.2% below national average)
- Fireworks imported in 2019: $0.70 per person (0.3% below national average)
- Fireworks imported in 2020, Jan. through April: $0.19 per person (0.4% below national average)

Iowans still have some options to see fireworks light up the sky on July 4th—and residents are allowed to shoot off their own fireworks during an “allowable window” of time, which will vary by locale. Many displays are canceled, but cities like Waukee, Urbandale, West Des Moines, and Prairie Meadows are going forward as planned, as is Adventureland Resort.

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#21. Mississippi

- Fireworks imported in 2018: $0.75 per person (0.3% below national average)
- Fireworks imported in 2019: $0.76 per person (0.2% below national average)
- Fireworks imported in 2020, Jan. through April: $0.21 per person (0.3% below national average)

Mississippi is hit or miss, with localities like the City of Pearl moving forward with their plans for July 4th fireworks. Other places, like Gulf Shores, the City of Clinton, and Barnett Reservoir have canceled their events.

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#20. Michigan

- Fireworks imported in 2018: $0.75 per person (0.3% below national average)
- Fireworks imported in 2019: $0.78 per person (0.2% below national average)
- Fireworks imported in 2020, Jan. through April: $0.16 per person (0.5% below national average)

Detroit’s Ford Fireworks show, one of the biggest in Michigan, has been postponed until Aug. 31. Many other events have been canceled statewide, but several are still going forward as planned. Otsego Lake County Park in Gaylord is still planning to set off fireworks, as are Portland and the City of Hart.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.”

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#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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#9. Ohio

- Fireworks imported in 2018: $2.09 per person (1.0% above national average)
- Fireworks imported in 2019: $2.62 per person (1.6% above national average)
- Fireworks imported in 2020, Jan. through April: $0.94 per person (2.2% above national average)

Cleveland postponed its fireworks show until September but there are still several shows scheduled in the Cincinnati area. The rest of Ohio is totally mixed with many towns canceling their shows and many others either going forward as planned, putting on a modified show, or moving to an alternative like drive-in or virtual fireworks.

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#8. Montana

- Fireworks imported in 2018: $2.35 per person (1.3% above national average)
- Fireworks imported in 2019: $2.71 per person (1.7% above national average)
- Fireworks imported in 2020, Jan. through April: $1.06 per person (2.5% above national average)

Like so many other states, there will be no fireworks shows in much of Montana, including the fabled Big M fireworks show, but a handful of smaller, less-populated regions are planning to let the show go on. Laurel is still putting on a display, although from a different location than usual, as is Red Lodge. Billings will set off fireworks, but spectators at MetaPark will have to watch from the safety of their cars.

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#7. North Dakota

- Fireworks imported in 2018: $2.23 per person (1.2% above national average)
- Fireworks imported in 2019: $2.92 per person (2.0% above national average)
- Fireworks imported in 2020, Jan. through April: $0.64 per person (1.1% above national average)

Like its neighbors, North Dakota is a mixed bag this year. Many towns and cities have played it safe and canceled or postponed, but others, like Dickinson, are going forward not only with their fireworks shows, but full July 4th festivities.

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#6. Nebraska

- Fireworks imported in 2018: $4.11 per person (3.0% above national average)
- Fireworks imported in 2019: $3.49 per person (2.5% above national average)
- Fireworks imported in 2020, Jan. through April: $1.09 per person (2.6% above national average)

Nebraska’s capital city of Lincoln has canceled its annual Uncle Sam Jam, fireworks and all. In fact, most of the state will practice social distancing under dark skies on Independence Day, including Seward and Nebraska City.

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#5. South Carolina

- Fireworks imported in 2018: $4.96 per person (3.8% above national average)
- Fireworks imported in 2019: $3.82 per person (2.9% above national average)
- Fireworks imported in 2020, Jan. through April: $1.32 per person (3.4% above national average)

Isle of Palms, North Charleston, Myrtle Beach, Patriots Point, Summerville, Sullivan Island, and Folly Beach have all canceled their fireworks shows. In fact, it’s hard to find a single place in South Carolina that’s planning to host a significant party in the sky—except, that is, the capital city of Columbia.

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#4. Wyoming

- Fireworks imported in 2018: $4.48 per person (3.3% above national average)
- Fireworks imported in 2019: $4.04 per person (3.1% above national average)
- Fireworks imported in 2020, Jan. through April: $1.40 per person (3.7% above national average)

There will be fireworks in Wyoming this year—Campell County, for example, is canceling everything except its fireworks show. Jackson Hole, Casper, the City of Wyoming, and others are all going ahead with their fireworks displays, as well.

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#3. Kansas

- Fireworks imported in 2018: $6.40 per person (5.2% above national average)
- Fireworks imported in 2019: $5.53 per person (4.6% above national average)
- Fireworks imported in 2020, Jan. through April: $2.04 per person (5.8% above national average)

Overland Park is limiting its Star-Spangled Spectacular to only a fireworks show and Randolph is tentatively sticking to its schedule, but with a caveat that it might be canceled at the 11th hour. Much of Kansas, however, like Westwood, Roeland Park, and Fairway have canceled their plans.

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#2. Alabama

- Fireworks imported in 2018: $5.43 per person (4.2% above national average)
- Fireworks imported in 2019: $5.83 per person (4.9% above national average)
- Fireworks imported in 2020, Jan. through April: $1.60 per person (4.3% above national average)

Despite packed beaches and full rentals, the vast majority of Alabama’s coastal Gulf region is announcing the cancelation of scheduled fireworks displays. Cities like Bessemer, Decatur, and Guntersville have all followed suit. The capital city of Montgomery is still up in the air.

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#1. Missouri

- Fireworks imported in 2018: $8.85 per person (7.5% above national average)
- Fireworks imported in 2019: $8.39 per person (7.5% above national average)
- Fireworks imported in 2020, Jan. through April: $3.31 per person (10.1% above national average)

Kansas City has announced that its big annual fireworks show will not take place this year. A handful of smaller localities are still scheduled to go forward, however, like St. Charles, Union, and Jefferson County.

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