It seems light many cities and towns have been slashing their budgets for public entertainment, including holiday firework shows. While not all funding comes from the local governments for these events, but even corporate sponsorships have been waning in light of tough financial times. However, recently I stumbled upon an interesting way to look at the economics of a large cities firework display that will hopefully bring back the pyrotechnic glory.
If you consider how many people will see the firework show, the expense becomes very, very small on a per person basis. For example, mega shows seen by millions of people, such as the Sidney Harbor New Year’s Eve show, may cost a fortune, but when divided up may equate to just pennies a person. Pyrotechnic enthusiasts will agree that this is one of the most cost-effective activities a jurisdiction can do for its residents.
The same holds true for your backyard firework bashes. Don’t let hard times keep you from hosting a fireworks party for the 4th of July, Labor Day, Memorial Day or some other special occasion. Instead of taking the burden of expense all on yourself, you have several options. First, you can trim down the number of expensive artillery shells you use and focus on long-lasting fireworks that don’t cost quite as much – for example, there are many reasonably-priced fountains that lasts for several minutes. Other options are to have guests each pitch in a dollar or two a piece for the chance to see your visual display or do a “pot luck” type firework party where each guests brings a few of their favorite fireworks items including firecrackers, sparklers, fountains, cakes, and shells.  You never know what you’ll get, but it is bound to be a blast!