Business at Fireworks Country picks up during 4th of July weekend

Firework sales going up this weekend
Published: Jul. 1, 2023 at 4:23 PM CDT
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WITTENBERG, Wis. (WSAW) - They’re open year-round, but from Memorial Day Weekend through July 4th business at Fireworks Country is booming. From sparklers to big 500-gram cakes, the family-run business has just about any firework you can imagine.

“We’re fully stocked and we got a lot of product, and the crew is working their butts off,” said Tony Bamke, the store manager of Fireworks Country. “The last week, like right now, it’s crunch time and everyone is heading up north. They come in and they want to grab something real quick on their way up to their cabins.”

While fireworks can be a blast, they should also be taken seriously. Bamke said most importantly you should use common sense when firing them off.

“When you buy your mortar shells, you shoot them out of the tube they come with. Wear safety glasses and ear protection. You want to keep a good safe distance when you’re lighting your fireworks from a building and near a crowd,” said Bamke.

Since the pandemic, more city-run fireworks shows have been canceled. This has pushed people to create their own fireworks displays.

“It seems like since the people started lighting fireworks they really got into it and like it so much. Now they come in and say hey, we’re going to make this our annual little family function and get together,” said Bamke.

The weather can affect how fireworks function. Fireworks can appear duller and less vibrant when there is more moisture and humidity in the air. They may also not be as loud or go up as high.

“Hopefully we’re going to get a little rain and cool the humidity down, but they’re still going to give you a heck of a bang,” said Bamke.