Fireworks vendor optimistic about July 4 sales amid recent event cancelations

Woodlawn Lake fireworks show canceled due to COVID-19 concerns

As fireworks stands and stores opened for their semi-annual 10-day sales run Wednesday ahead of the July 4 holiday, at least one major vendor was optimistic.

SAN ANTONIO – As fireworks stands and stores opened for their semi-annual 10-day sales run Wednesday ahead of the July 4 holiday, at least one major vendor was optimistic.

Recently, officials moved to cancel the fireworks show at Woodlawn Lake due to COVID-19 concerns.

San Antonio’s 4th of July celebration at Woodlawn Lake Park canceled due to COVID-19

“Instead of going to see one of those shows, (customers) come here and buy and do it themselves, so we see an uptick in sales,” said Luke Girdley, with Alamo Fireworks.

Girdley said social distancing guidelines make fireworks use an ideal way to celebrate the 4th of July holiday.

“What better way to socially distance than to go out and do something that you have to distance on, which is to shoot fireworks,” he said.

Girdley said social distancing protocols are in place at all of Alamo Fireworks stores and stands.

“In our buildings, we follow limited capacity guidelines. Everybody has a mask,” he said.

Girdley reminds customers that the sale and use of fireworks are illegal within the San Antonio city limits.

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Sal Salazar is a photojournalist at KSAT 12. Before coming to KSAT in 1998, he worked at the Fox affiliate in San Antonio. Sal started off his career back in 1995 for the ABC Affiliate in Lubbock and has covered many high-profile news events since. In his free time, he enjoys spending time at home, gaming and loves traveling with his wife.