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Fourth of July: Who Uses the Most Fireworks in the US?

Fireworks displays are a Fourth of July tradition and it would be difficult to imagine the holiday without them. We took a look at US trade data to gather insight on which states import the most fireworks per capita.

On the Fourth of July, Americans celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence and typically hold outdoor events with firework displays. Pyrotechnicians and volunteers from local fire departments work across the country to produce these spectacular festivities each year. Firework shows are strongly coupled with the Fourth of July, and it would be difficult to imagine the holiday without them. In fact, emergency room (ER) visits due to firework-related injuries peak on July Fourth, as many consumers attempt to have some fun of their own. We took a look at CPSC-NEISS injury and US trade census data to gather insight on who uses the most fireworks in the US.

Key Takeaways

  • There are an estimated 3,000 ER visits due to firework-related injuries every Fourth of July. The majority 17.1% of these injuries happen to children ages 5 to 10 years
  • Missouri comes out as the top state for consumption, with a firework import value of $6.94 per capita.
  • The U.S. imports 40 times more value in fireworks than it exports in fireworks value from China alone.

Consumer Fireworks Injuries Near July Fourth

Consumer Fireworks Injuries Near July Fourth

We looked at data from 1998 through 2017 from the Consumer Product Safety Commission's National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (CPSC-NEISS) and analyzed subset summertime fireworks injuries. The bar chart above shows the estimated annual ER visits due to firework-related injuries for the days leading up to and following the holiday. We found that roughly 24.3% of all annual firework-related injuries occur on July Fourth and that, on average, injuries increase by 325% on July 4 compared to July 3. A total 57% of ER visits due to firework-related injuries on July Fourth are from consumers ages 1 to 20 years. The majority 17.1% of these injuries happen to children ages 5 to 10 years. Interestingly, there's a high number of injuries on July 5 as well, after the recognized holiday is over. However, injuries fall sharply afterward. If you are planning to use fireworks this July, make sure you follow the CPSC's important safety guidelines.

Which States Spend the Most on Fireworks?

Fireworks Imports Per Capita by State

The heat map above shows which states imported the most value in fireworks last year. From all state imports data, including Washington D.C., we found that the United States imported about $279,966,624 worth of fireworks last year in total. We then took individual state populations into account to determine imports per capita values for further insights. For imports per capita, Missouri comes out on top with a value of $6.94 per capita, or in other words, $694,000 per 100,000 state residents. Nebraska and Kansas follow for second and third place with import values of $5.86 and $4.21 per capita, respectively. A complete list of all state rankings by imports per capita can be found at the end of the article. After looking at imports, we then took a look at the countries providing the most fireworks value to the U.S.

Where Do Americans Really Get Their Fireworks From?

CountryImports ($US)Rank
Canada4,62012
China268,134,9101
Czech Republic116,33110
Denmark3,14913
Germany52,88411
Hong Kong2,417,2533
Italy891,1276
Japan468,7107
Mexico152,4879
Spain5,104,2522
Thailand925,5985
United Kingdom1,337,1934
Vietnam358,1108

The United States imports most of its fireworks from China, which accounted for nearly 96% of all fireworks imports last year. In other words, the U.S. imports 40 times more fireworks value than it exports from China alone. The next highest import values come from Spain, followed by Hong Kong and the United Kingdom.

Which States are Exporting the Most Fireworks?

The American Pyrotechnics Association (APA) estimates that more than 14,000 firework displays take place every Fourth of July in the U.S., but where are the most fireworks coming from? We looked at U.S. Census data on 2017 firework imports and exports by state. The U.S. only exported $6,759,664 worth of fireworks in 2017. Tennessee took the top spot, accounting for 62.2% of the total with a firework export value of $0.63 per capita. North Dakota and Montana were the next two highest, with export values of $0.57 and $0.42 per capita, respectively.

Methodology

We looked at data from 1998 through 2017 from the Consumer Product Safety Commission's National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (CPSC-NEISS) and analyzed summer fireworks injuries to show injury trends surrounding the Fourth of July. Reported ER visits were averaged from 1998 through 2017 from the CPSC-NEISS data in order to calculate sampled ER visits per summer. A fractional weight, total hospitals divided by sampled hospitals, was used as a multiplier to estimate total ER visit values. Firework imports and exports data were pulled from the U.S. trade census using HTS code 3604.10. U.S. population values were obtained from the U.S. Census Bureau's 2017 population estimates in order to calculate per capita dollar amounts.

StateImports ($US)Imports Per Capita ($US)Rank
Alabama19,396,4303.994
Alaska226,3990.3132
Arizona1,034,0600.1537
Arkansas2,649,1130.8917
California13,000,4420.3331
Colorado879,8500.1636
Connecticut432,5400.1242
Delaware0051
Florida18,065,7720.8719
Georgia138,0070.0149
Hawaii672,9250.4727
Idaho585,8010.3530
Illinois1,530,6140.1242
Indiana16,375,3052.479
Iowa1,303,8790.4228
Kansas12,247,3144.213
Kentucky2,405,1860.5426
Louisiana1,082,4550.2333
Maine809,4370.6123
Maryland1,256,0160.2135
Massachusetts80,9530.0149
Michigan7,236,0630.7320
Minnesota484,9240.0946
Mississippi2,069,2960.6921
Missouri42,283,2296.941
Montana1,636,2711.5811
Nebraska11,182,8255.862
Nevada7,548,3502.577
New Hampshire2,097,0881.5712
New Jersey1,248,0030.1438
New Mexico223,3900.1144
New York2,841,7910.1438
North Carolina197,6520.0247
North Dakota1,913,6922.538
Ohio26,514,8382.2810
Oklahoma1,482,7120.3829
Oregon891,7750.2234
Pennsylvania8,506,9120.6722
Rhode Island138,4390.1340
South Carolina18,999,9403.835
South Dakota914,3881.0615
Tennessee6,690,2391.0116
Texas17,158,5990.6123
Utah2,671,8810.8818
Vermont355,6100.5725
Virginia1,113,2670.1340
Washington9,365,3591.2914
Washington D.C.12,9950.0247
West Virginia173,8250.145
Wisconsin7,987,0141.3813
Wyoming1,853,7593.176
David Ascienzo

David Ascienzo, Ph.D., is a Data Scientist at ValuePenguin. He previously was a Doctoral Researcher in Physics at the City University of New York (CUNY). He holds a Ph.D. in Physics from the CUNY Graduate Center.