These kinds of fireworks might not be occurring as frequently as they formerly did. There are numerous sensory experiences associated with the Fourth of July festival.
For some people, that is going for a swim at the beach, having a BBQ while swimming, or—possibly most importantly—sitting outside at night and taking in the celebration fireworks that explode above.
However, many Americans may find that this year’s festivities differ in appearance and sound. That’s because there’s a scarcity of pyrotechnicians, often known as those who are qualified to plan and direct fireworks displays safely, across the country.
For some, that means rescheduling fireworks shows, which had to be done in Ocean City and College Park in Maryland.
For others, it means having to cancel the show entirely, which was the case at Lake Meredith, Texas.
“Obey 4th is the number one major event of the year,” said Cathy Salgado, the director of parks and recreation for Fairfax, Virginia. “Everybody wants to do their fireworks show on July 4th.”
She only found out a few weeks ago that her fireworks supplier couldn’t secure a technician and that they would have to cancel the fireworks show she had initially planned. Now, Fairfax’s presentation is scheduled for July 5 instead.
No Demand for Fireworks this Year
In the fireworks industry, there has always been a Fourth of July demand for qualified specialists. However, she is returning since the pandemic has made it difficult for her to meet demand.
According to Npr, In 2020, according to Julie Heckman, executive director of the American Pyrotechnic Association, “the fireworks sector was severely decimated.” Heckman said that 90% of the sector’s earnings were lost. Now that individuals can once more go out and celebrate, the business is starting to recover.
Fans of those distinctive explosive lights may have to make some concessions, such as accepting altered dates or attending fewer events, until capacity is back to normal.
These growing pains present a chance, according to Salgado. On the plus side, we’re celebrating the Fourth of July for two, she supposes.