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Running a Fireworks Tent Business: The Series

So, you’ve decided you want to run your very own fireworks stand.

First, we want to congratulate you. Running a fireworks stand can be a very rewarding (and very tiring) endeavor that you’ll remember for a long time. We’ve been in the fireworks business for over a decade, so we know how amazing it feels to find a spot to sell your fireworks, organize a schedule, buy all the permits, hire staff and work hard before, during and after July 4 and Dec. 31.

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Second, we want to warn you. Even though this can be one of the most fun experiences you’ll ever have, it’s a job that requires tons of details, all kinds of laws and regulations and a huge checklist of things you  need to do to be legal, well-positioned and, ultimately, successful.

The Superior Fireworks Guide to Running a Fireworks Stand

Over the next few weeks we’re going to do our best to help you reach the success you want. We can’t guarantee that you’ll make all the money you hope you do, but we can guarantee that you’ll have a solid base of information you can use to get your stand under way and set yourself up for some decent sales, long days and a ton of fun.

This post is the first part of our series. We’re covering a few general principles you need to keep in mind as you make plans to have your own stand.

You’ve Got to Approach It Like a Business

One of the biggest misconceptions about running a fireworks stand is that it’s pretty easy or, at least, it seems pretty easy. There’s usually one or two guys hanging out in a tent that covers a bunch of tables laden with fireworks. You pick out a few interesting looking products, pay for them and then you leave. Pretty simple, right?

Well, like we said, it seems easy when you’re a customer, but the moment you step to the other side of the table and become owner, everything changes.

You can’t just be a guy who likes fireworks and is trying to make a little cash selling them. A nonchalant attitude like that isn’t going to bode well. You’ve got to approach it with the mind of a person who is running a small business. Because, basically, that’s exactly what you’re doing, even if you’re doing it for a few weeks out of the year.

We know this sounds like a lot of responsibility, but you can get the hang of it. We suggest you head to the Small Business Administration’s website to read their guide on starting a small business. They’ve got a great checklist that walks you through the basic steps to starting a business (we’ll give you a  few more later in the series):

You’ve Got to Remember What You’re Selling

Never forget that fireworks are a consumer-level explosive. There are regulations for just about every item you’ll feature in your tent. A good example of this is sparklers. Everybody loves them, right? But did you know that, technically, children aren’t supposed to handle sparklers?

This is a great example to remind you that you aren’t just dealing with toys; thousands of people across the country deal with fireworks injuries every year. They’re explosives, and to be successful as a businessperson in this industry, you need to maintain a healthy respect for your product.

Looking Ahead: Getting Started With Your Business

Next up in our series is how to get your stand off the ground. We’re going to give you an overview of what kinds of expenses you can expect, along with other important aspects of your business launch.

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78 Responses to Running a Fireworks Tent Business: The Series

  1. rosemary boen June 15, 2017 at 10:05 pm #

    whom do I contect, if I’m interested in opening a firework stand in Nm

    • Superior Fireworks June 15, 2017 at 11:22 pm #

      Hi Rosemary, we’d love to talk to you more about this. We’ll send you an email with some information, but it would also be good to call us at 904-213-0615. We look forward to working with you!

      • Ryan Watson December 28, 2017 at 5:18 pm #

        Could you please email me some information. Looking to start one in Texas

      • Superior Fireworks December 28, 2017 at 5:20 pm #

        Absolutely, Ryan. We’ll have someone touch base with you as soon as possible.

      • Nickolas Villarreal January 28, 2018 at 4:51 pm #

        Hi I would like more info. Plz email info how to open in South Texas

      • Superior Fireworks January 29, 2018 at 10:43 am #

        Sounds great, we’ll be in touch!

  2. Christina Cornelison June 17, 2017 at 12:14 pm #

    High School Cheer Team interested in opening a firework stand in OR.

    • Superior Fireworks June 17, 2017 at 2:50 pm #

      Christina, we cannot currently ship fireworks to Oregon. However, you can still learn a lot about how to run your fireworks business here on our blog. You’ll just need to find a wholesaler or tent operator in your area that can get you set up.

      • Christi Burkhardt June 5, 2018 at 9:01 pm #

        Hi I’m about to open my first firework tent in June my own business how do I get my business tax exempt or is that possible

      • Superior Fireworks June 5, 2018 at 11:55 pm #

        Christi, if you’re based in Florida and have a resale certificate, we can update your account so you aren’t charged sales tax. Just email a copy of your resale certificate to sales@superiorfireworks.com and we’ll get you set up. If you don’t have your resale certificate yet, you’ll have to register with the Florida Department of Revenue.

        For anyone outside Florida, you don’t need to do anything — we only collect sales tax on orders delivered or picked up in Florida.

  3. Jesus June 24, 2017 at 12:36 pm #

    Hi Superior Fireworks, i have 1acre of land and I want to know more information on how to be part of your team and which permits do need to get to be able to open a stand in Austin Tx. Thank you

    • Superior Fireworks June 24, 2017 at 1:27 pm #

      We would be happy to help. Someone from our team will follow up with you shortly.

  4. Claudia Herrera June 25, 2017 at 5:13 pm #

    We were interested in open a firework stand on our land in San Antonio, what would be our first step to do so?

    • Superior Fireworks June 25, 2017 at 5:38 pm #

      Hi Claudia. We have a lot of great information in this series about starting your own fireworks business, and we hope this will help you get a solid grasp of the basics. Beyond that, we will certainly follow up with you and help you take those first steps. You can expect someone to email you shortly. Thank you for reaching out!

  5. Carla Hickman June 29, 2017 at 2:26 pm #

    Do y’all have tents in Indiana?

    • Superior Fireworks June 29, 2017 at 2:41 pm #

      Hi Carla, we don’t currently have any customers selling fireworks in Indiana. Are you interested in starting your own tent, or are you looking for a local shop to buy our fireworks?

      • Candice Anderson July 5, 2017 at 9:03 pm #

        I am interested in starting my own tent in Indiana

      • Superior Fireworks July 5, 2017 at 11:09 pm #

        Great! We look forward to talking with you more about this. Someone will follow up soon.

  6. sean June 30, 2017 at 8:11 pm #

    Hi. I am very new to the industry yet 100% dedicated to everything necessary to run a PROFITABLE stand and maybe more if the introductory year is successful. I am reaching out for help in understanding how to “nail it”.
    Thankyou, Sean

    • Superior Fireworks June 30, 2017 at 10:18 pm #

      Sean, we’re happy to help! Someone from our team will reach out.

  7. Joshua July 1, 2017 at 11:26 am #

    I am interested in opening a stand in Lawrence KS what all do I need to get started

    • Superior Fireworks July 1, 2017 at 9:55 pm #

      Joshua, we’ll definitely reach out and get you some information. In the mean time, we encourage you to read through this series to learn a lot of the basics. Talk to you soon!

  8. Kathleen Kincaid July 1, 2017 at 8:11 pm #

    Would be interested for next year..

    • Superior Fireworks July 1, 2017 at 9:56 pm #

      That sounds great, Kathleen, we’d love to work with you! We’ll follow up by email soon.

    • Superior Fireworks July 13, 2017 at 11:38 am #

      Kathleen, can you call or email us? We sent you an email but it bounced back as undeliverable. We look forward to speaking with you: sales@superiorfireworks.com or 904-213-0615.

  9. Javell Cosby July 2, 2017 at 12:55 pm #

    I would love to be apart of the team and get guided correctly into the business. I am optimistic in regards to learning all that I can learn. My location will be Fayetteville NC. As I’m a Sergeant in the Army so Fort Bragg will be Ideal as well.

    • Superior Fireworks July 3, 2017 at 8:55 am #

      Javell, we would love to work with you. We’ll follow up soon to talk with you more about running your own fireworks business.

  10. Jeff Shannon July 2, 2017 at 11:50 pm #

    Looking to open up a firework stand next year. While it is a year out, what can I do now to start preparing for next year. Any advice would be great. What restrictions are their in KS? Please advise

    • Superior Fireworks July 3, 2017 at 8:56 am #

      Jeff, we’d be happy to help you with this. Our team will put together some information for you and reach out shortly.

  11. Ray S July 3, 2017 at 4:31 pm #

    I’m interested in information to open a stand in the Kansas City area.

    • Superior Fireworks July 13, 2017 at 11:43 am #

      Hi Ray, sorry for the delayed reply. We’ll definitely reach out with more information to get you started.

  12. Paul July 4, 2017 at 8:28 pm #

    So are you simply a supplier helping people get set up?

    • Superior Fireworks July 5, 2017 at 12:58 pm #

      You are correct — we’re a consumer fireworks distributor that works with people across the country who run their own fireworks business.

      • Paul July 5, 2017 at 2:58 pm #

        I’d be interested in some details.

      • Superior Fireworks July 5, 2017 at 11:09 pm #

        No problem. We’ll get someone to reach out and talk with you in more detail.

  13. Brent cormier July 5, 2017 at 12:54 am #

    Interested in opening one next year in collinsville TX. Any advice would be great!! Thank you

    • Superior Fireworks July 5, 2017 at 12:43 pm #

      No problem! We’ll be in touch.

  14. Eduardo Garcia September 27, 2017 at 8:00 pm #

    Hi my name is Eduardo Garcia. I would like imformation on how to start a firework stand bussines here in midland , Tx. If you can send me some info to my email will be great garcia060503@gmail. Also if i can have a contact number. Thank you!!!!

  15. Dante Robinson December 28, 2017 at 11:56 am #

    Hi my wife & I in opening a fireworks stand in Conroe, TX. Can you please send us some info. We have operated a stand before.

    • Superior Fireworks December 28, 2017 at 5:19 pm #

      We’d be happy to, Dante! You should hear from someone on our team today.

  16. Bianca Francois January 23, 2018 at 10:33 pm #

    Hi, I’m interested in starting a stand. Can I get more info on doing so?

    • Superior Fireworks January 29, 2018 at 10:42 am #

      Absolutely! Someone from our team will be in touch shortly.

  17. John February 1, 2018 at 9:59 pm #

    Would love more information about setting up
    A stand in Arizona. Thanks in advance

    • Superior Fireworks February 1, 2018 at 11:04 pm #

      Absolutely, John! We’ll have someone reach out right away.

  18. Tanishia Davis February 2, 2018 at 12:56 am #

    Hello, I am looking to get started in the fireworks business, can you please enlighten me on the steps necessary to take to prepare for July 4th

    • Jason Rickard February 2, 2018 at 9:40 am #

      Tanisha, thank you for your interest! We will have someone reach out to you right away.

  19. Josh owens February 26, 2018 at 7:38 am #

    Can you email me info for starting one up in Kansas? Joshieaaronowens@gmail.com

    • Jason Rickard February 26, 2018 at 10:02 am #

      Josh,

      Thank you for your interest! We will have someone reach out to you today to discuss running a stand in Kansas.

      Jason

  20. Beau Watson March 4, 2018 at 12:50 pm #

    Looking to open up this year, any help and advice is appreciated

    • Jason Rickard March 5, 2018 at 10:10 am #

      Beau,

      Thank you for your interest in Superior Fireworks, one of our reseller experts will be in touch shortly.

      Jason

  21. Cristy March 4, 2018 at 2:59 pm #

    Please email me info about starting fireworks in Miami dade county Florida???

    • Jason Rickard March 5, 2018 at 10:15 am #

      Cristy,

      Thank you for your interest in Superior Fireworks. I will have one of our reseller experts contact you about getting started in Miami-Dade county.

      Jason

  22. Nathan Lawrence March 5, 2018 at 12:17 pm #

    Like to know all details, worked in one before, found great location

    • Jason Rickard March 5, 2018 at 12:27 pm #

      Nathan,

      That is great that you have a location in mind already! One of our reseller experts will be in touch with you shortly to discuss the details with you.

      Jason

  23. shawn lirette March 15, 2018 at 9:42 am #

    I own 4 acres in the middle of the fastest growing city in louisiana and am looking to start a firework stand. I would greatly appreciate more information.

    • Jason Rickard March 15, 2018 at 10:02 am #

      Shawn,

      That sounds like a very exciting opportunity! We will have someone reach out to you ASAP!

      Jason

  24. Janet Brown March 19, 2018 at 1:50 pm #

    Hi I own several acres on a busy road in Texas and would like information about putting a fireworks stand on the front portion.

    • Jason Rickard March 19, 2018 at 2:11 pm #

      Hi Janet,

      Thank you for your interest in Superior Fireworks. Your location in Texas sounds like a great opportunity! We will have someone contact you shortly to discuss your plans in more detail.

      Thank you,

      Jason

  25. Gilbert Botello March 22, 2018 at 3:18 pm #

    We are in Texas. Looking for more information. Thanks.

    • Jason Rickard March 22, 2018 at 3:24 pm #

      Gilbert,

      Thank you for your interest in Superior Fireworks. We will have someone reach out to you to discuss your opportunity in Texas ASAP.

      Jason

  26. Lisa pond April 1, 2018 at 9:17 pm #

    I would like more information about opening a stand in tx thanks

    • Jason Rickard April 2, 2018 at 8:25 am #

      Lisa,

      Thank you for your interest in Superior Fireworks, we will have someone contact you today about your opportunity in Texas!

      Jason

  27. Danny Johnson May 26, 2018 at 11:38 am #

    Hi my name is Danny, I live in South Central KY. I’m very interested in operating a fireworks stand. Can you help me with that?

    • Superior Fireworks May 27, 2018 at 10:17 am #

      Hi Danny, we’d love to help with this. Someone from our team will follow up with you as soon as possible!

  28. Justin May 30, 2018 at 10:17 pm #

    Hi my name is Justin and I own a great property in Missouri with highway frontage and want to open a tent. Can you help me?

    • Superior Fireworks May 30, 2018 at 10:24 pm #

      That sounds like a great opportunity and we’d love to help! We’ll have someone touch base with you as soon as possible.

  29. Kim May 31, 2018 at 7:43 pm #

    Hello my name is kim I live in Florida. I’m very interested in opening a firework stand. Can you help me with that. Thank You..

    • Superior Fireworks May 31, 2018 at 8:21 pm #

      Hi Kim, we’re happy to help! We’ll be in touch.

  30. Nick June 3, 2018 at 10:58 pm #

    I’m also in Texas with an interest in opening a stand. Please have someone contact me.

    • Jason Rickard June 4, 2018 at 11:33 am #

      Nick,

      Thank you for contacting Superior Fireworks – we will have one of our firework reseller experts contact you shortly!

      Jason

  31. Anthony Campbell June 11, 2018 at 12:42 pm #

    Interested in opening stand in Oklahoma. Would like some info to help get started. Thank you!

    • Jason Rickard June 11, 2018 at 12:59 pm #

      Anthony,

      Thank you for contacting Superior Fireworks! We would love to talk to you about your opportunity in Oklahoma. We will have someone from our reseller division contact you as soon as possible!

      Jason

  32. Donald Brown June 19, 2018 at 1:39 pm #

    looking to open up a location in south mississippi

    • Jason Rickard June 19, 2018 at 1:46 pm #

      Donald,

      Thank you for your interest in Superior Fireworks! We will have someone contact you as soon as possible about your opportunity in Mississippi.

      Jason

  33. Tom June 21, 2018 at 5:24 pm #

    Hi I’m looking to possibly open a stand next year in Missouri. Could I attain some detailed info? Thanks in advance!

    • Jason Rickard June 21, 2018 at 5:59 pm #

      Tom,

      Thank you for reaching out. It is great to see someone who is starting their planning early! We will have someone contact you soon about your opportunity in Missouri.

      Jason

  34. Dustin June 26, 2018 at 12:14 am #

    Looking to learn more about starting up my own fireworks stand or store in Missouri or Kansas next year. Please email me more info!

    • Jason Rickard June 26, 2018 at 8:26 am #

      Dustin,

      Thank you for your interest in Superior Fireworks, we will have someone from our re-seller department reach out to you soon.

      Jason

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