The Fourth of July is coming up this weekend and one sign the holiday is close is all the firework booths that have popped up around town.
One local group, An Act to Praise, is using the fourth as a fundraising event, “We are a church group and we act and sing and dance and all kinds of stuff. Were going to go on the road and go to Vegas and California pretty soon, so were raisin money to go on this trip,” says group member Ryan Barakat.
The group is raising money by selling fireworks at two locations; a tent on North Ave. near the intersection with 28 Rd. and at a booth on N. 12th Ave. near Mesa State College. They are hoping to raise $8,000 dollars to send all 16 members on the trip.
This is the second year the group has used fireworks to fundraise and so far this year business isn’t where they would like it to be, “I’d say we’ve done pretty well both years, this year it’s slower though,” says Barakat.
It's a different story for the Young Family. They run the Phantom Firework tent at Mesa Mall and have been in the business for three years, “This weekend was record number for sales, at least for us, were looking forward to the rest of the week,” says owner Kalina Young.
While sales aren't as high right now for An Act to Praise they're optimistic, “Sales are a little less, but we just started. I’m hoping that it will go up,” says group member Heather Banister.
If you would like to help An Act to Praise but fireworks aren't your thing they are also accepting donations at both their stands.