The National Fireworks Association Reminds Americans to #ShootSafely this Fourth of July

KANSAS CITY, Mo – With consumer fireworks sales across the country far outpacing previous years, the National Fireworks Association (NFA), the nation’s leading advocates for consumer fireworks, released safety tips to help ensure Americans shoot safely while celebrating our nation’s birthday. 
COVID-19 is playing a big role in how Americans are celebrating Independence Day. After socially distancing for the past few months, Americans are anxious to celebrate. With large professional fireworks displays being canceled around the country and the Fourth of July falling on a weekend, more Americans are choosing to celebrate with consumer fireworks because they can still come together with friends and neighbors while being socially distanced. 
“With our country opening back up, Americans want to celebrate the Fourth of July and express their patriotism with friends and family,” said Steve Houser, President of the National Fireworks Association.  “We want to make sure we reiterate to people th…

Senator Rounds Resolution on Fireworks Applauded by NFA

Resolution Supporting Fireworks Has Now Been Introduced in Both Houses of Congress
WASHINGTON – With less than two weeks before fireworks illuminate the skies over Mount Rushmore, the National Fireworks Association (NFA) today applauded South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds for introducing in the United States Senate, a resolution promoting the patriotic contributions and economic impacts of the small businesses that import, distribute, sell and shoot off consumer fireworks. 
In May, Congressman Dusty Johnson of South Dakota led the effort to recognize the consumer fireworks industry by introducing the resolution in the United States House of Representatives. 
Mount Rushmore, in Round’s home state, will be the focal point of our nation’s birthday celebration this year with fireworks planned to be shot high above the nation’s Shrine of Democracy for the first time in over a decade. 
“The family-run, job-creating small businesses in our industry are thankful to Senator Rounds for his leadershi…

RELEASE: NFA Salutes Congressman Dusty Johnson’s Congressional Resolution to Save The Fourth

WASHINGTON – The National Fireworks Association (NFA) today thanked Congressman Dusty Johnson (R-SD) for introducing a resolution recognizing the economic impact of the firework industry and the industry’s contributions in promoting patriotism throughout the country, and especially on our Nation’s Independence Day. 
The resolution recognizes the historic importance of the nation’s fireworks industry and the role it plays in bringing communities together and lifting our nation’s psyche; supports the commitment to bring fireworks back to Mount Rushmore; and urges cities and towns across the country to reconsider postponing or canceling Fourth of July celebrations.  
"We're thankful to Congressman Johnson for championing the fireworks industry and working to save the Fourth,” said Steve Houser, President of the National Fireworks Association. “We're job creators who work in a hyper-seasonal industry and create over a billion dollars in economic impact for our nation's econ…

RELEASE: Cancelling Fireworks on Independence Day in Philly - Where the Declaration of Independence Was Signed, Would Be Disappointing

WASHINGTON – National Fireworks Association (NFA) today expressed its concern after learning the City of Philadelphia cancelled the WaWa Welcome America festival without allowing for fireworks on Independence Day.

However, the NFA remains optimistic after hearing Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney tell local media that he had some ideas on how to include fireworks in this year’s celebration.

“Fireworks and Independence Day are synonymous, and it would be tragic to lose this great American tradition, on this great American holiday in the city where it all started,” said NFA President Steve Houser.

Fireworks cancellations are happening across the country at an alarming rate. The City of Boston recently cancelled its show. Columbus, Ohio which hosts one of the country’s biggest firework events, “Red, White and Boom,” cancelled a four-day show at an estimated economic revenue of $11 million to that city. The City of San Diego last month cancelled “Big Bay Boom” which generated $17.8 million in …

#SaveTheFourth: NFA Secretary Scott Smith Appears on NBC Boston

NFA Secretary Scott Smith appeared on May 8, 2020 on NBC Boston to talk about the NFA Statement  on the cancellation of the Fourth of July celebration in Boston.

Boston Herald: Boston Pops cancels live July 4 concert, will hold virtual event

From the Boston Herald (May 8, 2020):

"But sparks quickly flew over the call. Hours after the announcement, the National Fireworks Association blasted out a statement saying it was 'disappointed in the mayor's decision' and calling on the state's congressional delegation to push back and 'save the Fourth.'

'While we acknowledge the need to remain safe and practice appropriate social distancing, we believe that can be done,' President Steve Houser said. 'Bostonians came out to see the 104th Fighter Wing of the Massachusetts Air National Guard which proved to be an uplifting event and we believe the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular would have provided a similar safe experience.'

To read the full article, click here

National Fireworks Association Disappointed in Cancellation of Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular

WASHINGTON – National Fireworks Association (NFA) President Steve Houser, released the following statement after the Boston Mayor Marty Walsh announced the cancellation of the 2020 Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular: 
“Boston, more so than any other American city, is synonymous with the Fourth of July. From the Boston tea party, which started the entire revolution from tyranny; to Boston’s own son John Adams, who said we should celebrate the Fourth of July with bonfires and illuminations – Boston’s celebration of Independence Day is a quintessentially American event.
“The NFA is disappointed in the Mayor’s decision to cancel this annual celebration.  While we acknowledge the need to remain safe and practice appropriate social distancing, we believe that can be done while we celebrate our nation’s birthday. Just this past week, Bostonians came out to see the 104th Fighter Wing of the Massachuse…