You can tell the Fourth of July is coming soon because fireworks stands in Greene County are set up and open on Friday. Stand operators are looking forward to what they hope will be a great year.
At R&R Fireworks at Sunshine and West Bypass, Thursday was a busy day of setting up, and they think the busyness will continue.
It's the 25th year for Randy Richardson at R&R Fireworks Emporium. "I like doing it. I guess I'll never grow up," says Richardson.
They spent Thursday doing lots of set-up, trimming the tables and bringing out fireworks big and small. "The kids, they like their smoke balls and firecrackers," Richardson says.
It seems every year, the big get bigger. "You can put on a fantastic back yard show, I mean, block party. I know some people; their neighbors get together and kind of block the street off. They'll have like 4 or 5 houses, and they put on a great show," Richardson says.
But before they can sell the stuff for all those shows, stands have to pass safety inspection. Richardson says, "Make sure you've got your aisle widths, all your cords; none of them are frayed or anything, your fire extinguishers are up, been checked and recharged.
At Compton's Fireworks at Golden and Republic Road, they're inspected and all set. "We got cleared this morning to open first thing tomorrow [Friday]," says Carrie Brauch.
The excitement is growing, as fireworks stand operators look forward to what they believe will be a great year.
Brauch says, "The 4th of July falls on a Friday, which helps a great deal, when everybody has a long weekend, and I also think that all of this rain has been a gift. You know, two years ago, we had a drought, and it was kind of rough on us. So we're really excited this year to have good weather."
"The way I see it, we got three Fridays. I think it'll be a great year. I really do," Richardson says.
Fireworks stands in Greene County are not allowed to open before Friday, June 20th.