ST. CHARLES, Mo. — A rainy Saturday afternoon didn’t stop people from buying last-minute firecrackers ahead of Monday’s Fourth of July.
As some customers may have adjusted their purchases due to the weekend weather, fireworks stands around St. Charles have also had to adjust.
“Resupply was very, very difficult,” said Gayla Barnett, owner of Presidential Fireworks. “We used to start ordering things or looking for things earlier. We had to choose more suppliers to try and get it, so we’re working really hard to get that many [fireworks].”
Barnett said business has done well, even adapting to a new customer base over the years.
“You see everything, you see groups that come from the neighborhood and put things together, you see families, and dad just comes in to buy some fun stuff,” Barnett said. “It’s something where they don’t have to worry about the groceries and everything else for a while. You’re buying fun.”
Barnett said safety is the most important thing when handling fireworks. She also has iPads to show customers exactly how certain firecrackers work.
“You don’t come home and say, ‘Oh, I thought it would do something different.’ They can see exactly what it does before they buy it,” Barnett said.
Owen Bogel, an 11-year-old who shops with guardians, was looking forward to the upcoming holidays. Simple factors come into play as to which fireworks he wanted to buy.
“They look cool after the packaging, mostly the bigger ones,” says Bogel.
Barnett said safety is most important, but having fun is also important.
Theresa Gardner also picked up fireworks with the family. She is looking forward to the long weekend.
“I’m so excited this year,” Gardner said. “Finally I feel like I can celebrate the 4th of July. I feel like I’ve been stuck for the last two years, expensive as gas is, I’ll just be having fun at home with my family this year. Just have a good time with the family.”
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