Skip to Content

ECONOMIC TURMOIL: New Year’s Firework Tradition Fizzling Out

By ABC-7 Reporter Marissa Monroy

EL PASO –The slow economy has led many New Year’s revelers to scale back on their newyear celebrations. But is the economy also putting an end to fireworks tradition?

Following the fate of many retailers during the holiday season, clerks at fireworks stands said the economic turmoil has had a major impact on business.

“You got a lot of people saying: ‘Hey,I can’t spend as much on certain things anymore,'” said vendor Art Ramos. “They’re cutting back. I mean, I’m even cutting back, especially with the fireworks.”

With this in mind, Fireworks might not be making as much noise this New Year’s Eve.

“Normally, I spend about two or three hundred bucks, this year it was $122, so it’s a big difference,” said Melissa McCormick.

Ramos said sales have been slow the first couple of days he has been open.

Others said they have refused to let the economy take the pop out of their fireworks celebration.”It is a tradition to get fireworks for New Year’s to start off the new year with a bang,” said Mark Manriquez.

Other residents in far east El Paso County echoed Manriquez’s sentiments. Some said the fireworks tradition is a safer option to other New Year’s Eve traditions, such as shooting your gun into the air.

Article Topic Follows: News

Jump to comments ↓

Author Profile Photo



KVIA ABC 7 is committed to providing a forum for civil and constructive conversation.

Please keep your comments respectful and relevant. You can review our Community Guidelines by clicking here

If you would like to share a story idea, please submit it here.

Skip to content