About ’76 Fireworks

Welcome to Spirit of ’76, the fireworks wholesaler dedicated to the independent dealer. We have been helping customers satisfy their fireworks needs for more than 30 years. Back in 1987, John Bechtold founded Spirit of ’76 in Columbia, Missouri. Since our humble beginnings, John has grown the business from seasonal retail sales to a premiere importer and distributor of consumer fireworks serving over 5,000 customers. Each day John continues to strive to provide the safest and highest quality wholesale fireworks at the most competitive prices in the industry.

30+ Years of Experience
Spirit of ’76 has knowledgeable staff available to answer your fireworks questions and to assist you with placing an order that fits your unique needs. They can also provide information and resources for helping you succeed in your fireworks business.

Meet Our Sales Team

Ben Muzzey | Sales Manager


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Matt Snyder | Account Executive


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Angie Northway | Account Executive


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Tim Thurber | Account Executive


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Bill Welch | Account Executive


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’76 Exclusive Brands

For several years now, Spirit of ’76 has offered its own lines of wholesale fireworks: Sky Bacon Fireworks, ’76 Pro Line, Realtree Fireworks, and Tako Pyrotechnics which are some of the most sought-after fireworks in the United States.