Around here, there are many reminders that the Fourth of July is coming. I can't remember living previously in a state where fireworks were sold. In Oklahoma, these stands spring up on every street corner a couple of weeks before the Fourth. I can't imagine that there are enough customers to make all the fireworks stands profitable, especially since a pretty large percentage of them are only open on a couple of weekends. Some are fundraisers for churches, schools, Scouts, etc. and others are commercially operated. I don't think I'll be buying any fireworks for myself. They're illegal within the city limits of Tulsa, and I'm kinda fond of my fingers and want to keep them.