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People Spending More For Independence Day

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A new survey released by Visa said the average American will spend about $300 on Fourth of July celebrations.

That's up by about $100, or 58 percent from last year. It's a trend that has some retailers booming with excitement.

"This is the best season for early sales we've seen in the four years we've at this location," said Melody Hoover, Bobcat Discount Fireworks. "It's improved this year. The economy has improved a little bit so maybe people have more fun money and again people are feeling better about lighting things off this year because things are green."

The survey said people living in the western part of the country will spend an average of $206 on the holiday. Hoover said her average sales aren't quite as high, around $50.

"$55 which is about $10 more than last year," said Val O'Connell, Bobcat Discount Fireworks customer. "Each year they get older, we spend a little more."

O'Connell said she spends that much to help make her girls happy.

"They want more bang for their buck when they get older because the are expecting more," said O'Connell.

Hoover said most of her sales come closer to the holiday.

"We really get most of our sales in the last few days of the season," said Hoover. "We're anticipating seeing people come in here the next few days it's going to be a good year for fireworks."

O'Connel said she might spend an additional $20 this year for her Fourth of July Celebration.

You can buy fireworks until July 5.

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