Mid-week holiday helping Metro firework storesFargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- With just more than 24 hours until the fourth of July holiday is officially here, many of us have already heard the loud booms at all times of the night. But is the midweek holiday having an effect on firework sales?
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- With just more than 24 hours until the Fourth of July holiday is officially here, many of us have already heard the loud booms at all times of the night. But is the midweek holiday having an effect on firework sales?
For the first time in 5 years, this red white and blue holiday is falling on a Wednesday. Some make it an excuse to take the full week off, while others are just stuck with a one day, mid-week break. For fireworks stores around town, if anything, the mid-week holiday seems to be helping.
John Starr - Owner of Star Fireworks: "We thought it might be a little slow. The first day was slow, but everyday after that has been just cranking."
In 6 days, John Starr has already seen more than 3,200 customers walk through his door. July 4th may not make for an extended weekend this year, but for some families, it's a reason for more than one spectacular spectacle.
John Starr: "A lot of people, I had to do three different shows for them - the Saturday before, Wednesday and the Saturday after."
Most seem to be taking advantage of the Wednesday holiday. It's a 3 day weekend turned into a 5 day weekend, or maybe a 9 day vacation.
Jason Hemmer - Glyndon, MN: "Not really, taking more time off work, middle of the week which works out."
Nickole Phipps - Long Prairie, MN: "Not at all. I'm a teacher so I have the whole summer off. I have plenty of time."
With hundreds of thousands of dollars in fire works going out the door, and extremely dry weather conditions, authorities have a quick word of caution.
Roy Schatschneider - West Fargo Fire Chief: "It is getting dry out and it doesn't take much of a spark to get something going."
Most of the Red River Valley is in abnormally dry to moderate drought conditions. With the devastation in Colorado, West Fargo Fire Chief Roy Schatschneider has a warning.
Roy Schatschneider: "A grass fire gets out of hand, it gets into the crop, it could destroy it. If someone accidentally starts a crop on fire, they will be held responsible for it."
Starr told me his busiest days will be tomorrow, and Wednesday morning. Holiday season hours stop at midnight on the 5th.