Sparklers, Roman candles, rockets, artillery shells and more are now being sold for 4th of July celebrations across the state of Texas.

We will soon be lighting those slow burning punks to give our fireworks that special spark they need to light up the East Texas sky with colorful fireworks over our heads this 4th of July. As we celebrate our nation's independence on July 4th enjoying hot dogs, potato salad, bbq and burgers by the pool or lake, once the sun goes down, our eyes focus on the skies!

Firework stands and shops are now open (as of June 24th) getting you ready for the big even on the 4th. These retail stands are sometimes fundraisers for non-profit organizations, so you could be supporting a great cause in your community through midnight on July 4th. Wherever you shop for your fountains, rockets, sparklers, aerial shots, roman candles, fire crackers and smoke bombs - shop smart and remember to play safe around fireworks because they can cause serious injuries.

You can always check out one of the several professionally produced firework shows going on around East Texas instead of producing your own in your backyard, but if you choose to do so, remember it could be illegal to shoot off fireworks where you live. Most cities have ordinances banning the use of fireworks and some areas, including counties, and could have other restrictions or ordinances against the use of fireworks. Check with your local law enforcement in hopes of avoiding a hefty fine.

Have a fun and save 4th of July with your friends and family.