How much do fireworks cost for a wedding or event?
Ashburn, VA

How much do fireworks cost for a wedding or event?

Ashburn, VA

How much do fireworks cost for a wedding or event?

$1,000 – $1,200average cost per minute
$3,000 – $6,000average total cost (3 – 5 minutes)

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$1,000 – $1,200 average cost per minute

$3,000 – $6,000 average total cost (3 – 5 minutes)

Get free estimates for your project or view our cost guide below:
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Fireworks show cost per minute

The average cost of a fireworks show is $1,000 to $1,200 per minute, depending on the types, number of firing stations, customization, music choreography, and launch sites on land or from a barge on water. A professional wedding fireworks display costs $3,000 to $6,000 on average.

Fireworks show cost by length
Show length (minutes) Average total cost
3 $3,000 – $3,600
5 $5,000 – $6,000
10 $10,000 – $12,000
15 $15,000 – $18,000 
20 $20,000 – $24,000
30 $30,000 – $36,000

  • Wedding fireworks shows typically last 3 to 5 minutes.

  • Town and community holiday fireworks displays often last 10 to 20 minutes.

  • Most professional fireworks companies have minimum fees of $2,000 or more.

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Average professional fireworks show cost

The following table shows the average cost for a professional fireworks show lasting 3 to 5 minutes.

Average fireworks show cost - Chart
Average fireworks show cost - Chart
Average fireworks show cost
National Average Cost $5,000
Minimum Cost $2,500
Maximum Cost $10,000
Average Range $3,000 to $6,000

*Cost data is from research and project costs reported by Fash members.

Professional fireworks show for wedding
Professional fireworks show for wedding

Wedding or event fireworks price factors

A turnkey fireworks show package includes a custom show design, a site survey, delivery, and set up of the fireworks and electronic firing system. A team of pyrotechnicians will handle the show and clean up afterward.

Factors that affect the show's cost include:

  • Show length – Most private event fireworks shows last 3 to 5 minutes. Longer shows cost more overall, but the price per minute is typically lower.

  • Choreographed & synchronized to music – Expect to pay 10% to 30% more for this service. Standard fireworks packages typically don't include choreographing the show to music.

  • Customization – Professional fireworks companies include basic options like matching the firework colors to the wedding or event color scheme. More complex customizations and elaborate designs will increase the cost.

  • On land vs. over water – Launching fireworks over water requires a boat or barge rental, increasing costs by 20% to 40%+.

  • Number of firing locations – Most standard packages include 1 or 2 firing locations. Costs increase for shows requiring 3+ firing stations. Firing from multiple locations allows for more elaborate fireworks designs.

  • Standard vs. low-noise fireworks – A venue may allow only low-noise fireworks near a farm with livestock or in a residential area with noise restrictions. Most companies do not charge a premium for low-noise fireworks. However, this restriction limits fireworks design options.

  • Professional vs. DIY – Consumer fireworks cost less but are smaller than professional-grade display fireworks. A professional display allows larger and more elaborate fireworks set up and launched by licensed pyrotechnicians.

  • Liability insurance – Confirm the professional fireworks company carries liability insurance with minimum coverage of $1,000,000.

  • Permit fees – Permits for private fireworks shows cost $10 to $100+, depending on local requirements. Most professional fireworks companies handle the permitting process.

  • Time of year – Fireworks shows are significantly more expensive around the 4th of July, Christmas, and New Year's Eve.

A wedding couple watches fireworks while surrounded by cold-spark fountains.
A wedding couple watches fireworks while surrounded by cold-spark fountains.

Types of big fireworks for a private show

Big fireworks shows often include the popular peony, chrysanthemum, and dahlia designs that burst in a sphere shape and feature multiple colors in a single shell. Fireworks with brocade, falling leaves, and willow designs burst out and then cascade down, creating a shimmering effect while falling.

Popular big firework designs


Cheaper fireworks alternatives

Cheaper alternatives to a professional fireworks show include handheld sparklers, cold spark machines, or consumer fireworks you launch yourself.

Cheaper alternatives to a professional fireworks show
Type Average cost Description
Sparklers (100-pack) $80 – $200
  • Handheld sparkler wands with 10" to 36" long handles
  • Smokeless sparks
Cold spark fountain / machine $250 – $400 each
  • A display that shoots non-flammable sparks from the ground in a narrow column
  • Suitable indoors to frame the dance floor, head table, or cake table
Consumer fireworks (small box) $80 – $100
  • Small assortment of aerial sky-burst mortars
  • Easy DIY launch
Consumer fireworks (large box) $150 – $800
  • Large assortment of aerial sky-burst mortars
  • Easy DIY launch
Consumer fireworks (jumbo/elite assortment box) $800 – $2,000
  • Jumbo assortment of extra-large aerial sky-burst mortars
  • Easy DIY launch
  • Includes more complex firework designs

Consumer fireworks require a large open area with a hard, level surface for safe launching. Your audience should be at least 100 feet away from the launch site.

Fireworks FAQs

Why are fireworks so expensive?

Fireworks are expensive because they're explosives, requiring manufacturers in the industry to pay extra for quality assurance and safety. Fireworks are also subject to high shipping costs because most of them come from China.

Where to buy fireworks

Buy fireworks at local fireworks specialty shops, party stores, and pyrotechnic suppliers in states where consumer fireworks are legal. You can also buy fireworks online from many retailers who specialize in them.

Are fireworks legal near me?

Consumer fireworks are legal in all states in the U.S. except Massachusetts, which only grants fireworks permits to license holders. However, each state has different regulations dictating which types of fireworks they allow. Some states also have a fireworks curfew time when all shows must end.

The following states allow most consumer fireworks, including aerial explosives:

  • Alabama

  • Alaska

  • Arkansas

  • Florida

  • Georgia

  • Indiana

  • Iowa

  • Kansas

  • Kentucky

  • Louisiana

  • Maine

  • Michigan

  • Mississippi

  • Missouri

  • Montana

  • Nebraska

  • New Hampshire

  • New Mexico

  • North Dakota

  • Ohio

  • Oklahoma

  • Pennsylvania

  • South Carolina

  • South Dakota

  • Tennessee

  • Texas

  • Utah

  • Washington

  • West Virginia

The following states allow only non-aerial and non-explosive fireworks, also called "safe" and "sane" fireworks:

  • Arizona

  • California

  • Colorado

  • Connecticut

  • Delaware

  • Idaho

  • Maryland

  • Minnesota

  • New Jersey

  • New York

  • North Carolina

  • Oregon

  • Rhode Island

  • Virginia

  • Washington, D.C.


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Hawaii, Nevada, and Wyoming allow each county to independently establish its own fireworks regulations.

Getting estimates from fireworks display companies

Follow these tips to hire a professional fireworks company near you:

  • Confirm your venue allows fireworks displays.

  • Ask for referrals from friends, family, and your event planner.

  • Get at least 3 quotes with comparable packages and features.

  • Look for companies certified by the American Pyrotechnics Association (APA) or the Pyrotechnics Guild International (PGI).

  • Read their reviews on Fash and Google.

  • Select a company licensed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives (ATF). Only pyrotechnicians licensed by the ATF can legally purchase large 1.3G display fireworks.

  • Get a detailed contract in writing before making any payments.

  • Talk with your event planner to find the ideal time for your fireworks show.

  • Tell your event photographer and videographer about the fireworks show ahead of time so that they'll bring the correct lenses and equipment.

Questions to ask

Ask these questions to ensure you hire the best pyrotechnical company for your event:

  • How long have you been staging fireworks displays?

  • Can I see video footage of your past fireworks shows?

  • How much does your liability insurance cover?

  • What packages do you offer?

  • How long will the fireworks last?

  • Can you choreograph the fireworks to music?

  • Will you match the firework colors to my color scheme?

  • Where will you set off the fireworks?

  • Will the show require a permit, and if so, will you obtain it?

  • How much is the deposit to reserve my date?

  • What is your rain-cancellation policy?

  • Does the quote include cleanup of fireworks debris after the show?