If you're considering declaring yourself independent of municipal fireworks displays this weekend and sending up a few red, glaring rockets of your own, question number two on your mind should be "How can I get the most bang for my buck?" We've consulted with the fireworks pros for advice.
Making the rockets red glare and bombs burst in air isn't cheap. Fourth of July displays can cost up to several million dollars. Find out where the most awe-inspiring (and most expensive) fireworks can be seen this July 4.
From 1998 to 2009, annual fireworks industry revenues more than doubled. Last year's take was $945 million, up from $940 million in 2008. Even a devastated economy couldn't slow growth.
Across the U.S., lots of Americans won't see the rockets red glare or the bombs burst in air this year. That's because their towns can no longer afford to celebrate the anniversary of our nation's independence with the typical fireworks display.