Fireworks and the Fourth: What's allowed

For the Fourth of July holiday, the Pierce County fire marshal urges the public to celebrate safely  when using fireworks, which can be dangerous.

Using fireworks illegally or inappropriately can cause fires and serious injuries. Tips for safe and sane pyrotechnics are available at

As for when fireworks can be discharged lawfully, here are the rules:

  • In unincorporated areas of Pierce County (outside of cities and towns), the legal-use period began June 28 and ends July 5. With three days to go, the rules limit use to 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on July 3, 9 a.m. to midnight July 4, and 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 5.
  • In the town of Eatonville, fireworks are allowed July 3-4 between the hours of 12 noon and 11 p.m. each day.

A professional fireworks display will be held in Eatonville on July 3, starting at dusk.


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