Nonprofit and charity organizations have waited all year for Friday, the beginning of Fourth of July fireworks sales.
It’s a mixed bag because of the impending heat wave that will bring temperatures above 100 degrees in the one week window when firework sales are allowed.
But for many groups this is the biggest fundraiser of the year. Fire departments sent out inspectors. The Sac Metro Fire District must inspect each of over 200 firework stands in the county before sales are allowed to make sure they have fire extinguishers, proper signage no flammable materials nearby.
Both the City of Sacramento and the County has seen a decline of several dozen stands this year. Some speculate that the economy has caused many to give up on sales. But several organizations are opening stands for the first time trying to capture scarce dollars to run their organizations or to donate to worthwhile causes.