The Star-Spangled Taxes

Sticking with tradition, many people are celebrating Independence Day festivities with sparklers and American flags. But of course, no Fourth of July celebration is complete without fireworks. According to the American Pyrotechnic Association, Americans spent over $1.2 billion for their colorful displays of patriotism last year. Based on these numbers, certain states see this as a source of revenue and have imposed excise taxes and licensing fees on fireworks.

According to, there are currently six states that levy statewide excise taxes on fireworks sales, and another two permit excise taxes in select areas. These taxes are imposed in addition to each state’s existing sales tax, and range from 2 percent in Texas to 12 percent in West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

Read more about if your state levies a tax on fireworks here.