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Fireworks are fun, festive, and a great way to ring in the 4th of July. But have you ever felt like you are just watching your money go up in smoke? If so, take a look below at 5 ways to save money on fireworks. You can still enjoy a colorful selection of fireworks while keeping a little cash in your pocket. Take a look!

5 Ways to Save on Fireworks

7 Ways to Save on Fireworks

1. Be patient.
You may be tempted to purchase fireworks as soon as you see the tent go up in your town. But try to be patient as prices are sure to go down the closer the holiday gets. Many fireworks retailers offer discounts if you wait to buy until the 4th. Don’t hesitate to ask the retailer if they will be offering any specials or sales either. Chances are they will be and will be happy to tell you.

2. Check out your dollar store.
Stores like Dollar Tree sell fireworks such as sparklers, snakes, poppers, smoke bombs, and mini fountains. If your children enjoy these items, buy them here instead of the big box retailers or fireworks tents. For a few dollars you can get a fun selection that the kids are sure to enjoy. If you don’t have dollar stores that sell fireworks, try to buy in bulk to get more bang for your buck.

3. Check out free shows.
Enjoy the small items such as poppers and sparklers at home, then head out to the free fireworks shows available in your town. You can watch these shows at local parks and stadiums, typically at no cost. Ask around to find out when these free displays will be in your area, and take advantage of them.

4. Find coupons.
Many fireworks retailers do offer coupons online for their products. Typically you could not find coupons for fireworks, but more and more are jumping on the coupon bandwagon. Coupons may not be valid in all states, so read the fine print. To find coupons that you can use, Google the names of fireworks retailers in your area and add “printable coupons” to the search.

5. Inspect what you buy carefully.
Nothing is worse than spending money on a firework and finding out it is a dud. Inspect everything you buy carefully. Make sure it is not opened and has a decent sized wick. It should not be damaged or show water damage in any way. Ask the retailer if there is a guarantee on fireworks that don’t work. Smart buying can certainly help you get more gang for your buck.

6. Organize a neighborhood fireworks event.
Have each neighbor chip in $20 and purchase some fireworks in bulk. Gather in a designated (and safe) area at the agreed upon time and celebrate! If you get 5 households to participate, you can easily see $100 worth of fireworks for just $20!

7. Visit your local dollar store.
You may not think of your dollar store as being a place to get fireworks, but it is. Dollar Tree stores sell sparklers, small fountains, poppers, colorful snakes, smoke bombs, and other small firework products. For just a buck you can really stretch your budget and get the items that children really enjoy.

When you give these tips a try, you are sure to save some cash on this year’s fireworks display. Happy 4th of July!

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Written by brandyellen

Brandy is a born and raised New Hampshire resident who loves to spend extra time laughing & smiling with her three children. Brandy runs multiple blogs & she loves to tweet daily and ramble on Facebook. Author, with her daughter, of Positive Girl - The Power of Your Thoughts Question about this post or something found within it? Read my Disclosure Policy as well as Terms of Use.

This article has 34 comments

  1. Renee (7 comments)

    My husband loves fireworks, so thanks for the money saving tips. I will be sure to pass them along to him.

  2. Kay Adeola (7 comments)

    I hate fireworks so its left to hubs to take the kids to shows while i try to make sure all the animals are fine.

  3. Tracey (30 comments)

    Fireworks are awesome, but they can be expensive. Thanks for the great tips.

  4. Liz Mays (43 comments)

    Why haven’t I thought to use the dollar store for fireworks? That’s an awesome suggestion!

  5. Jaime (21 comments)

    These are great tips for anyone buying fireworks. We generally watch the shows our city and nearby towns put on.

  6. Beth@FrugalFroggie (22 comments)

    There is a great local display that is in walking distance from my house. I love fireworks. And my kids love the poppers.

  7. Veronica (19 comments)

    I just go hang out at my neighbors’. Lol. They spend thousands of dollars on this stuff. It is always fun at their fireworks parties too!

  8. Amanda Love - Growing Up Madison (1 comments)

    They are illegal in NY but since we moved to CO where it’s not Hubby buys them after the 4th when they’re super cheap and save them for the following year. That works too. :)

  9. Carly Bellard (8 comments)

    I love the idea of getting the neighborhood together! More show for less $! Great tips- thank you!

  10. Susanna @Zealous Mom (4 comments)

    These are some really great tips! We’ve never launched our own, but I’ll share these tips with folks I know who do.

  11. Pam (48 comments)

    I love the 4th of July and especially the fireworks. In our state, we are not allowed to have fireworks but many people still do.

  12. Pauline Cabrera (5 comments)

    Hey Brandy! Thanks for the tips! I love watching fireworks and I even would like to try lighting some of them but I sometimes think that it just burns my pocket in exchange of short term amusement. But, thanks to your tips, I sure know now how to save on fireworks. :)

  13. cam | bibs and baubles (6 comments)

    We are all about the free shows! Leave all the work to someone else. We used to head to Disney to catch their fireworks show for the 4th.C

  14. Carly (4 comments)

    Can you believe I’ve never bought fireworks? Maybe this is the year!

  15. Kiwi (11 comments)

    I’m in Atlanta and Stone Mountain Park has the best 4th of July Fireworks in the city! I agree people should just go find the free fireworks in their city!

  16. Rosey (1018 comments)

    This is a great list. We do the free shows and then we can sometimes see the fireworks from our house too (which is very cool).

  17. Christie (42 comments)

    I love the idea of a neighborhood fireworks show! We have too many fire hazards around us ;)

  18. teresa mccluskey (2 comments)

    I think these are smart ways to save on fireworks, I never buy them I always go see the free show!

  19. Amanda (49 comments)

    I love these tips! I’m shocked at how expensive fireworks can be!

  20. Jessica (Savory Experiments) (16 comments)

    We are lucky that there are about 8 free shows in Baltimore and the surrounding burbs. We have a roof top deck in the city and see most of them. Much better than praying no one gets burned trying to put on their own show!

  21. Angela S (2 comments)

    These are great tips! I’m not comfortable doing fireworks at home, but we always take advantage of one of the free shows in town.

  22. Emily (34 comments)

    I didn’t know you could use coupons on fireworks! That is a great idea. We have little stands that go up by us and we usually buy from there.

  23. Toni (56 comments)

    These are great tips. I love the idea of splitting it with several families

  24. Ashley (98 comments)

    I love sparklers! But. . .big fireworks still scare me, HA!

  25. Onica {MommyFactor} (11 comments)

    I like firework shows but I don’t buy them to use myself. I rather leave it to the professionals. They do the most amazing displays I never could.

  26. Christina S (14 comments)

    We luck out and can sit in my mom’s front yard for fireworks. We also stock up after the holidays when they’re all doing the BOGO sales!