Fireworks and Fourth of July Safety in Tacoma

Did you know that Fireworks are illegal in Tacoma? This 4th of July the Tacoma Fire Department encourages your family to attend a public fireworks display instead of lighting off your own. 4th of July is a very fun holiday, but if you break the law or partake in dangerous fireworks activities then you risk fines.

One of the main reasons for banning fireworks in the City of Tacoma is because of the high fire damage after warm, dry weather. Additionally, the concern for other citizens and their property was a reason for the banning.

If you buy fireworks on Tribal Land and then bring them to Tacoma, you risk fines and confiscation. Fireworks are legal to discharge on Tribal Land.

If you are excited to see fireworks, attend one of the big public shows. These are put on by professionals and are spectacular fireworks. One of the best shows in the area is the Freedom Fair on the Tacoma waterfront.

Be safe this 4th of July and follow the law about discharging fireworks.

For additional information on locations where fireworks are allowed or banned go here.

Fourth of July Fireworks Safety

With the hot, dry weather comes an increase and danger of wildfires. This 4th of July, the risk of lighting off fireworks is high. State officials have issued burn bans for some areas with emergency burn precautions extending to all 39 counties. The burn precautions are very early this year, with soaring temps and little rain the state is facing droughts and potential fire risk.  To help do your part in preventing forest fires, there are a few precautions you can take to avoid human-caused wildfires.



The statewide burn ban prohibits all fires. Here is what is prohibited and what is allowed this 4th of July weekend.

  • Wood/ charcoal fires in campground fire pits- PROHIBITED
  • Gas/ propane cook stoves- ALLOWED
  • Fireworks/exploding targets/sky lanterns- PROHIBITED ON FOREST LANDS/STATE PARKS

In order to ensure the fireworks you are setting off are legal, Washington State Patrol has released this list on how to identify illegal fireworks.

    • Not purchased from a Washington State licensed fireworks stand.
    • Purchased through an online vendor.
    • Person selling the fireworks tells you they are from another state.
    • They are not packaged in bright colored paper.
    • They do not have safety warnings/ instructions on the package.
    • The package does not indicate country of manufacture.
    • Resembles a roll of coins with a fuse out the side.
    • Wrapped in plain brown paper
    • Solid red, silver or brown in color
    • Looks homemade, has electrical tape or fuse isn’t taped down.


These particular fireworks are illegal to sell, possess, or set off in Washington State.

  • Firecrackers
  • Bottle rockets
  • Sky rockets/ missiles.

In addition, many counties/cities have their own restrictions or bans for fireworks. To find out the specifics for your area, check out this chart.


Sources: Washington State Patrol