When it comes to the Fourth of July you think about America's independence, cookouts, a day off from work, and of course, fireworks.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the fireworks displays at Highland Park in Endwell, as well as the annual display in Montrose have both been canceled. The Binghamton Rumble Ponies announced last week that they will hold their annual “Bing Bang Boom” at NYSEG Stadium Friday July 3 with a rain date of July 4. That includes a movie with fireworks to follow.

With so few fireworks displays, I'm sure people will be taking matters into their own hands. We just hope they don't damage their hands while they shoot them off.

According to The American Pyrotechnics Association, Americans spent over $1 billion dollars on fireworks in 2019. Ten years prior, in 2009, that figure was $630 million, and 20 years prior they spent $333 million.

And that's just the average consumer buying fireworks. That figure did not include display fireworks revenues. They're the ones that are shot off by the professionals. Last year the display fireworks revenue was $375 million.

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I'm not going to bore you with New York State laws on fireworks, but if you are curious to that they are, you can find out what is legal and what is illegal click here.

I know this week is the busiest week of the year for the fireworks retailers just across the border in Pennsylvania. Again, if you are going to partake in shooting off fireworks, please be careful. I know my neighbors in Endicott have already been firing some off, I think it's a sample of what we will see this coming Friday and Saturday.

[via:The American Pyrotechnics Association]