With the 4th of July just about a week away, it’s time to review local fireworks ordinances.
Farmington area residents can discharge consumer fireworks only on the day before, the day of, and the day after, there national holidays:
- New Year’s Day (January 1);
- Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. (third Monday in January);
- Washington’s Birthday/Presidents’ Day (third Monday in February);
- Memorial Day (last Monday in May);
- Independence Day (July 4);
- Labor Day (first Monday in September);
- Columbus Day (second Monday in October);
- Veterans Day (November 11);
- Thanksgiving Day (fourth Thursday in November); and
- Christmas Day (December 25)
Fireworks may also be used between midnight and 1 a.m. on New Year’s Day. Farmington Hills also specifically limits hours of use, between 8 a.m. and 12 midnight
In addition, you can’t ignite or discharge fireworks on public property, school property, church property, or someone else’s private property, without written permission from the person or entity in control of the property. And don’t use any type of fireworks while you’re under the influence of alcohol or drugs – it’s against the law.
The penalty for violating the local law is a $500 fine, plus any cost for damages.
Clarification: The original post did not clarify the difference between the Farmington and Farmington Hills ordinances with regard to hours.