Be Safe and Courteous When Celebrating with Fireworks

Published on May 31, 2022

Fireworks display

If you plan on using fireworks to celebrate this summer, make sure you're safe and courteous. State and local laws only permit fireworks to be used during specific dates and times. 

State law permits fireworks to be used on the following dates and times: 

  • Memorial Day: The Saturday and Sunday before Memorial Day (May 28 & 29, 2022) between 11 a.m. and 11:45 p.m. 
  • Independence Day: Starting June 29 through July 4 between 11 a.m. and 11:45 p.m. 
  • Labor Day: The Saturday and Sunday before Labor Day (September 3 & 4) between 11 a.m. and 11:45 p.m. 

City of Kalamazoo ordinance also permits fireworks to be used in celebration of Juneteenth: 

  • Juneteenth: Fireworks are permitted on Saturday, June 18 from 11 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. (ordinance permits fireworks on June 19 if it falls on a Saturday or Sunday, otherwise on the third Saturday in June).

Fireworks are not allowed in city parks or on school grounds, so please only use them on private property. Using fireworks outside of these permitted times, on public property without approval, or while under the influence of intoxicants could result in a fine of up to $1,000. 

You can view local ordinances regarding fireworks here

To report violations of fireworks ordinances, please call Kalamazoo Public Safety non-emergency at (269) 488-8911. 

Always remember that fireworks can be dangerous and cause serious injury. Take steps to ensure the safety of everyone involved: 

  • Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
  • Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.
  • Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Parents don't realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees - hot enough to melt some metals.
  • Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
  • Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
  • Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
  • Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
  • After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.
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