Fireworks Laws & Tips

Fireworks Laws

Laws for using fireworks within Arlington city limits:

Lawful Sale Dates

  • 9 a.m. on June 28th to 9 p.m. on July 4th
  • 9 a.m. on December 27th to 9 p.m. on December 31st

Firework Discharge Law

Fireworks may only be discharged on: 

  • July 4th from 9 a.m. to midnight
  • December 31st from 7 p.m. to midnight

City’s Public Display

Cancelled for July 4, 2020 due to crowd restriction requirements, COVID-19 response. 

Firework Information

The Arlington Fire Department encourages everyone to attend a public display of fireworks rather than purchasing or using consumer fireworks.

  • Be sure that the fireworks you purchase are not illegal. (Note: most fireworks sold on reservations are illegal. Illegal fireworks are often unpackaged and wrapped in plain brown paper).  Click here to view info on legal/not legal fireworks.
  • Do not purchase any fireworks that are not in the original package or is in an opened or damaged package.
  • Be sure that you purchase fireworks from a licensed fireworks vendor.
  • Only light fireworks on a smooth, flat surface away from any buildings, dry grass or vegetation, or other flammable materials.
  • After fireworks have functioned let the package lay on the ground until they are cool and there is no chance that any residue will reignite.
  • Place all expended firework cases in a bucket of water to thoroughly soak them.

Firework Safety


  • Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks
  • Never try to relight fireworks that have fully functioned or have not ignited completely.
  • Never hold fireworks in your hand when lighting
  • Never throw fireworks at or in the direction of any other person


  • Read and follow all warnings and instructions
  • Always be sure other people are out of range before lighting fireworks
  • Always light fireworks on a smooth, flat surface away from any buildings, dry grass or vegetation, or other flammable materials
  • Always use fireworks outdoors and not under any type of covering such as a patio or awning
  • Remember that alcohol and fireworks do not mix
  • Keep a bucket of water and/or a running water hose close by in case of a firework malfunction or fire


If you have any questions regarding the use of consumer fireworks call the Arlington Fire Department at 360-403-3600.

2021 Ban on Fireworks in Arlington

Beginning July 4, 2021  it is illegal to discharge fireworks inside Arlington City Limits.  

On May 18, 2020 City Council approved the ordinance amending and repealing sections of Arlington Municipal Code Chapter 15.16 pertaining to the banning of fireworks. An  advisory vote was added on the November 5, 2019 ballot seeking citizen input regarding the banning of the possession, sale and discharge of fireworks except for state regulated public displays of fireworks within the City of Arlington. The advisory measure passed 50.70% in favor of the ban.

Read more here.