There are tons of places to buy fireworks across the county, and they all claim to have the lowest prices. How do you know where to go for the best deal when you’re shopping for fireworks?
The Herald has done your comparison-shopping for you, and we discovered some interesting results. It appears that most area fireworks shops, from tent vendors to established businesses in buildings, have pretty much the same prices across the board.
Each vendor we visited had friendly and helpful staff to assist you in shopping for the right items, and all had a good selection of both different items and brands from which to choose. Each of them had also been in business for at least five years at the same location and kept an established clientele, and had fresh stock.
Parker Fireworks on Chapman Highway at the intersection with Maryville Highway had several good package deals, including a 250 piece family pack for only $4.99. Brandon and Sandy Clark run a clean and well-merchandised tent store. Their selection was above average.
Floyd’s Fireworks on Chapman Highway is inside their convenience store, so if you’d prefer to shop in air-conditioned comfort, give them a try. Their selection was also very good, and they offer price breaks and freebies when you purchase in volume.
Crazy Al’s Fireworks next to AA Pawn is in a tent this year instead of inside the building, operating for more than a decade in the same location. They also offer price breaks to volume purchasers, and were still bringing in new stock when we visited for this story. Jennifer Yates manages the business.
Liberty Fireworks has five locations throughout the county, including a tent at both A1 Title Pawn on Chapman Highway and another about seven-tenths of a mile toward Maryville on Highway 411 from Chapman. Ryan Harris manages the shop on the main drag, and they offer buy one, get one free on every item.
Holiday Fireworks, in the parking lot of Faith In The Word Church, is in their twenty-first year of operation in the county, and manager Chris Harwell told us that they were the first in Sevier County to apply for a fireworks license. They operate two locations on Chapman Highway, and we were especially impressed with the large and prominently displayed “No Smoking” signs and fire extinguisher readily available on the premises.
Fireworks Megamart, in the parking lot of Food City on Chapman Highway is in their sixth year at that location, and works in conjuction with Fireworks Supermart in the parking lot of Cherokee Auto Sales. Thomas Caruthers keeps a well-merchandised store and even has video of some of his larger fireworks so that customers can view the effects before they purchase.
With prices remaining generally the same across the board, The Herald recommends that you do your shopping with the business that you have had good results from in the past, or to choose your fireworks based on convenience of location.
If you find a cheaper price elsewhere, mention it to the manager of the shop. It should quickly net you a better deal or a clutch of freebies, as each of the operators is very eager to please.
Firework cast comparison
Store Locations Parker Floyd’s Crazy Al’s Liberty** Holiday MegaMart
Finale 29.95 29.95 29.99 24.99 29.50 29.95