Thursday, July 3, 2014

The 4th on the 3rd

The Fourth of July fireworks celebration in Lumberton, NC, is held on July 3.

Why? Here’s the story I heard: A few years ago the town council discovered they could buy a half-truckload of fireworks from the New Jersey-based manufacturers for half-price if the delivery could be made on July 3. The rest of the load would be delivered to Wilmington for their July 4th celebration. And, if you’re wondering why they didn’t wait until the 4th to shoot’em off…the town council knew they’d have to pay city employees time-and-a-half to have them work on the holiday and oversee the celebration. So, they saved a ton of money.

Another great outcome is that in addition to seeing the Lumberton fireworks display citizens could go see ANOTHER celebration somewhere else on the 4th…they got a two-fer!

While you’d think the 4th would be the best day for the display I love the focus on making a good buy, maximizing staff and saving money.

Sometimes, making a small adjustment and going against the grain can have a big impact.

Have a wonderful and safe 4th of July. See you Monday.

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