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Celebrate a Safe Fourth of July in San Tan Valley: Know the Firework Laws and Alternatives


As the 4th of July holiday weekend approaches, residents of San Tan Valley are excited to engage in festivities and celebrate the nation's independence. In anticipation, it is imperative to be informed about the legal use of fireworks in Arizona, as well as their associated risks, to ensure a safe and enjoyable holiday.

Legal Fireworks in Arizona

Arizona state law permits certain consumer fireworks, while others are strictly prohibited. Legal fireworks include:

  • Ground and handheld sparkling devices
  • Cone or cylindrical fountains
  • Illuminating torches
  • Wheels
  • Ground spinners
  • Flitter sparklers
  • Toy smoke devices
  • Wire sparklers or dipped sticks

On the other hand, all aerial and exploding fireworks are illegal in Arizona. These include sky or bottle rockets, firecrackers, and aerial fireworks. Violators are subject to confiscation or citation. For a comprehensive list, click here.

Permitted Fireworks Usage Dates

It is also essential to note that the state allows the use of legal consumer fireworks only on specific dates:

  • May 4 - May 6
  • June 24 - July 6
  • December 24 - January 3

Vendors are authorized to sell legal consumer fireworks between April 25 - May 6, May 20 - July 6, and December 10 - January 3. 

The Dangers of Fireworks

Despite their popularity, fireworks can be hazardous. The risks include severe burns, injuries, fires, and in extreme cases, fatalities. Many people underestimate these risks. The National Fire Protection Association reports that fireworks start an average of 18,500 fires per year, including 1,300 structure fires, 300 vehicle fires, and 16,900 outdoor fires.

Safe and Fun Alternatives to Fireworks

For those who prefer to steer clear of the potential dangers of fireworks, or want to engage in additional celebratory activities, here are a few alternatives that are both safe and festive:

  1. Glow Sticks: These are safe alternatives to sparklers and are fun for all ages.
  2. Noisemakers: Make some noise with noisemakers, available at local party supply stores, or create your own.
  3. Outdoor Movie Night: Set up a screen and projector in your backyard for an outdoor movie night. Remember to bring some bug spray!
  4. Patriotic Silly String: Red, white, and blue silly string can be a delightful and playful alternative.
  5. Crafting Time: Engage the family in making patriotic crafts.
  6. USA Birthday Party: Host a birthday party for the USA, complete with a cake decorated in red, white, and blue.

The Fourth of July is a time for celebration and unity. As you enjoy this holiday in San Tan Valley, remember to use fireworks responsibly, be aware of the risks, and consider safe alternatives for a joyful and injury-free weekend.

For additional information on fireworks regulations, refer to the Arizona State Law related to consumer fireworks.
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