Andrew Dys

Don’t want to blow the rent? Fireworks on a budget is possible at Fort Mill shops

People buying fireworks for July 4th at Area 51 fireworks next to Carowinds and Frugal McDougal near the state line. Crew member Kevin Campbell stacks fireworks at Area 51.
People buying fireworks for July 4th at Area 51 fireworks next to Carowinds and Frugal McDougal near the state line. Crew member Kevin Campbell stacks fireworks at Area 51. aburriss@heraldonline.com

Fireworks places near the state line in Fort Mill don’t just cater to hard chargers who break the bank for July 4. Red Rocket, Davey Jones, and Area 51 all have experienced staff who can help the budget-minded get enough stuff for less than a dinner for four at Red Lobster.

Many items are two for the price of one or even buy one, get two free.

Roger Aiton, a supervisor at Davey Jones Fireworks, said prices are excellent this year. There are big sets of big explosions to be had for as little as around $65, and the budget-minded can have an hour or two show for $100 to $150. A combination of items that include bigger fireworks all the way down to smaller sparklers gives a cost-conscious family or group the experience without too much expense, Aiton said.

“We have items that give people that fireworks experience without costing a fortune,” Aiton said.

See what you can buy for less than $100 at Fort Mill fireworks shops.

At Red Rocket, manager Kim Pyles said that she and her trained staff explicitly ask people about budget, or how much they want to spend, to try and help people “get the most bang for their buck.”

“People generally know what they can afford to spend, so we take the time to show people what each item will do,” Pyles said. “You don’t have to spend $1,000 to have a good time.”

A budget of $100 can give a good show of an hour or two, with several ranges of materials complete with big booms for the finale, said Micah Morris and Robert Dodge, managers at Area 51.

“It doesn’t have to cost a lot. You pick what you like, who the audience is, and you have a good time.” Dodge said. “You come into Area 51 with 100 bucks; We send you home with a show.”

Andrew Dys •  803-329-4065 •  adys@heraldonline.com

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