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The shelves are stocked now, but in a few days, the fireworks selection will be selling out. Coming off a busy weekend, sales are set to skyrocket. Colt James works at Louisiana Fireworks and says they're ready for the crowds.

"This week will be the busiest week. Last week it wasn't. It was okay, but this week will be better," said James.

With such a huge selection, it can be a bit overwhelming deciding what exactly to buy. Some of the larger show-stoppers can get pretty pricey.  But that doesn't seem to stop some shoppers from stocking up.

"They spend a lot of money," said James. "They know what they want, the big stuff. So, it will be a pretty big bill."

James says it's common for pyro-fanatics to drop $500 in just one trip. And regardless of age, there's a little something for everyone.

As tradition, third grader Riley Metcalf picked up some kid-friendly items for his family celebration.

"(I was) just looking.  I thought some of them would be cool. So, I just picked them out to see what they would do," said Metcalf.

For a lot of people, 4th of July is about sparklers and firecrackers, but this year, there is a way to spark new meaning to the holiday. For every purchase of the "Folds of Honor" a portion of sales go towards scholarship programs for veterans and the children of veterans. It's been so popular this year, they've already had to order new stock.

Manager Bev Wilkinson says it's the first year they've been involved and it's a reminder of the sacrifices for independence.

"It's not just tooting fireworks so they make a lot of noise," said Wilkinson. "It is nice, but people need to remember what it's all about, that that's how 4th of July got started."

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