Setting Off Fireworks in Michigan — Here’s What You Need to Know
First of all, the number one rule when it comes to setting off fireworks, don't blow your fingers (or any other appendages) off. All kidding aside, please stay safe and make sure the kiddos stay safe if you plan to treat your neighborhood to a local fireworks show.
As we approach the July 4th holiday, you may be considering setting off your own fireworks. As of December of 2019, Michiganders have 11 (sometimes 12) days on which it is perfectly legal to set off fireworks.
The Michigan legislature has stipulated (Here's a link to House Bill #5063) that local city and township ordinances can not restrict the use of fireworks on the following days:
- Dec. 31 until 1 a.m. on Jan. 1.
- Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day weekend until 11:45 p.m.
- June 29 to July 4, and July 5 if the date falls on a Friday or Saturday until 11:45 p.m.
- Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day weekend until 11:45 p.m.
This year, July 5 falls on Monday -- and even though it's considered the legal holiday and you may have the day off, fireworks are not permitted on that day.
What Should You Do if Your Neighbors are Setting Off Fireworks Illegally?
Attorney Bryan Waldman advises that it's always best to try to dispute disagreements in person before getting local law enforcement involved. If you encounter a neighbor who is uncooperative, it's best to call your local police department's non-emergency number rather than 911. Police departments can issue citations for up to $500 for anyone who violates Michigan's firework ordinance.