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Say it ain’t so South Carolina!!

Most Americans are expecting their Fourth of July to be back to normal this year. If you live in NC before you sneak over to SC to grab some fireworks know this… There may be an issue with one part of the celebration – Fireworks.

Phantom Fireworks, the nation’s largest consumer-based retail fireworks company, is warning customers of a potential fireworks shortage this year. This would be the second year in a row of such a shortage. There was a similar shortage last year after COVID-19 canceled public fireworks displays, leading to skyrocketing sales to families wanting to put on their own displays.

Phantom Fireworks is urging folks to shop early for their fireworks supplies this year, noting that supply chains are facing slower turnarounds due to slow global shipments. To accommodate the rush in shoppers they’ve extended hours in their 80 stores around the country and brought in additional staff.

Here’s a few more stats for this year’s 4th…

Last year’s July 4th holiday was a bit of a bummer since most people couldn’t celebrate the way they usually do because of the pandemic. But now that restrictions are being lifted around the country, Americans are more excited than ever to celebrate our nation’s independence.

A new Numerator survey finds:

  • 68% of Americans expect things to be back to normal by the Fourth of July.
  • 22% are expecting July 4th to be their first “normal” celebration in 2021.
  • 39% of people are more excited to celebrate the Fourth of July this year than in previous years, with only 12% less excited to do so.
  • 41% don’t expect COVID to impact their holiday celebration.
  • 48% expect it to have a slight impact.
  • 11% still expect it to have a significant impact.

So, how do people plan to celebrate this year?

  • 57% plan to attend a gathering with friends and family.
  • 57% will be grilling or barbecuing.
  • 40% will be watching fireworks from home.
  • 23% will be watching fireworks from a public location.
  • 23% will attend or host a house party.
  • 12% will attend public events or festivals.
  • 10% will be traveling.
  • Interestingly, for all these activities a larger percentage of peole who say they don’t plan to get vaccinated will be doing them as compared to those who are vaccinated.

Source: USA Today