A visit to the local fireworks emporium can be a bit daunting. There are hundreds of fireworks brands and varieties to choose from, and for the casual buyer, it’s hard to figure how to get the most bang for your buck. But don’t worry, our recommendations will really light up your Fourth of July.
There are five major categories of fireworks, give or take – rockets, fountains, mortars, aerial repeaters, and novelties. Which type is the best? It all depends on what you want to see and hear. We talked with experts from three of the top importers of fireworks in the United States — Black Cat, Fireworks over America, and Phantom Fireworks — to get their recommendations on what’s worth checking out. While not every fireworks stand will carry all of the recommended products below, if you can find any of these, you’re in for a really good show.