The 4th of July and fireworks go hand-in-hand. Did you and your family run out and grab a few extra explosives to
help celebrate the holiday even though most of Thursday was wet and
Some area businesses say the weather actually had
an impact on their sales.
For Rozzi Fireworks, last year's dry weather around the holiday
cut into their sales and kept people out of stores. By the time some rain
came around, it was too late.
"It did slow people down, but then it
rained a little bit right before the fourth, and so we had a big influx of
people at the last minute. But, at that point, it's a little hard to
catch up," said Nancy Rozzi, president of Rozzi Incorporated.
As far as the whole fireworks industry goes,
one store owner says things aren't flourishing, but perhaps the day of the week
is partially to blame.
"This year it's not quite as busy within
the industry itself, but we're doing fine. I think it's because it's in
the middle of the week," said Vicki Swarnkar, owner of 1/2 Price Fireworks in
However, around the area, the rain actually
brought people out. More people were out and about this year getting
their hands on last-minute fireworks thanks to the holiday rainfall.
"We've had a lot of people coming
in. Even the rain has brought them in, and our sales are actually up over
last year," added Rozzi.
Things weren't much different right over the
state line in Indiana. This year's rain is a welcomed gift for some
looking to celebrate America's independence.
"It's made a difference as more people
feel more comfortable putting their fireworks off this year because of more
rain," Swarnkar told FOX19.