Time for Fireworks in Grand Rapids!

The City of Grand Rapids allows residents to light fireworks at home on five specific holidays, including the 4th of July. City officials are reminding everyone to be aware of the rules and prioritize safety.

Both the fire and police departments in Grand Rapids emphasize the importance of caution and understanding the city’s fireworks regulations. Violating these rules can result in a $1,000 fine.

Approved Fireworks Dates

The Grand Rapids ordinance permits the use of fireworks during the following periods:

  • New Year’s Eve: From 11 a.m. on December 31 until 1 a.m. on January 1
  • Memorial Day: From 11 a.m. until 11:45 p.m. on the Saturday and Sunday immediately preceding Memorial Day
  • Juneteenth: From 11 a.m. until 11:45 p.m. on June 19
  • 4th of July: From 11 a.m. until 11:45 p.m. from June 29 through July 4
  • Labor Day: From 11 a.m. until 11:45 p.m. on the Saturday and Sunday immediately preceding Labor Day

Fireworks Safety Tips

To ensure a safe and enjoyable experience, the city offers the following safety guidelines:

  1. Read Instructions: Always read and follow the warnings and instructions on the fireworks packaging.
  2. Prepare for Emergencies: Have a bucket of water or a garden hose nearby in case of fire or malfunction.
  3. Supervise Children: Do not allow children to play with or ignite fireworks. Even sparklers can be dangerous, as they burn at high temperatures.
  4. Maintain Safe Distances: Make sure people are at a safe distance before lighting fireworks. Never aim fireworks at people.
  5. Use a Safe Surface: Only light fireworks on a flat, stable surface away from homes, dry leaves, and flammable materials. Never hold a lit firework in your hand.
  6. Handle Duds Carefully: Do not attempt to relight fireworks that didn’t go off. Wait a few minutes, then douse them with water.
  7. Avoid Containers: Do not ignite fireworks in any type of container, especially glass or metal.
  8. Store Safely: Keep unused fireworks away from the firing area.
  9. Stay Clear: Keep your body parts away from the fireworks when lighting them.
  10. Avoid Homemade Fireworks: Do not experiment with making your own fireworks.
  11. No Alcohol: Avoid using fireworks if you have been drinking alcohol.
  12. Follow Local Laws: Fireworks are not allowed on public streets, sidewalks, parks, or other public areas.
  13. Ensure Fire Safety: Before going to bed, ensure that your yard, shrubbery, and home are free of any smoldering materials. Make sure your smoke alarms are working.

Professional Fireworks Display

For those who prefer to watch a professional show, the City of Grand Rapids will host its annual fireworks display on July 6. This is a great opportunity to enjoy fireworks safely and spectacularly.