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The night before Fourth of July, to some, is like the day before Christmas.

"I love the Fourth of July! It's my favorite holiday," said Paul Wagner of Buffalo, New York. "You can take any holiday you want from me, but the Fourth of July."

Wagner said coming out right before Independence Day, to buy the essentials for a backyard show, is a tradition for him.

"It's one of the last things I do before we go out and have our party. I've been with a friend, he's got like 10 years on me, I've been doing it since I was 16, I'm 44 now, and we come here every year."  

Others say they wait because of the prices.

"Looking for the best deals," said Campbell Joa of Ashtabula, Ohio. "They think they'll get the best deals because they think they want to get rid of this stuff."  

For stores like Phantom Fireworks in North East, the days leading up to the holiday, are the best days of the year. Employees said that sometimes, customers spend hundreds on this holiday.

"It's been crazy all day," said Betsy Graham, manager of Phantom Fireworks in North East. "We opened at 8 with customers waiting outside to come in and we have been pounding like this all day long."
 
But Graham says, she actually encourages customers each year, to buy early, to avoid the long lines at the checkouts.

"It's like Christmas, the procrastinators, they probably feel like maybe we'll have better sales or things half off, but we do buy one, get one free all year round."

If you didn't get a chance to get your fireworks before the big day, Graham said Phantom Fireworks will be open from 8 AM until midnight on the Fourth of July.

 

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