Business owners hope fireworks help with sales
Downtown business owners hope fireworks on the Mississippi River to celebrate Independence Day bring fireworks to their bank accounts, as well.
Stuart, the owner of Southern Dogs, expects to sell between 300 and 400 hot dogs on Sunday, a huge increase from the 50 to 80 hot dogs he sells during a typical lunch shift.
"Hot dogs and baseball is basically what we like," said Stuart. "It's the American way."
At Capital City Grill, manager Linda Dick believes she will see a 30 percent boost in business as patrons take a break from the heat to grab a cold drink.
"Typically, the summer is a slow time for restaurants to begin with," said Dick. "We look forward to having at least 1,000 to 2,000 extra people."
In the past, as many as 100,000 people have poured into downtown to take in the fireworks presentation, according to Davis Rhorer with the Downtown Development District.
"Fireworks on the Mississippi" is presented by WBRZ News Channel 2 and The Advocate. The show begins at 9 p.m. Sunday.