With the Fourth of July right around the corner, supermarkets are full of Independence Day memorabilia. Firework tents are on nearly every street corner and parking lot around the state.


So now is a good time to get a refresher on what is and isn't allowed at your Fourth of July party and how to safely light off your fireworks.


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What Fireworks Are Legal?

The State of Michigan explicitly outlines which fireworks are legal in a Fireworks Q&A that highlights which fireworks are and are not allowed to be bought or launched inside the state of Michigan. Mike Morse from Mike Morse Law Firm nicely summarizes the fireworks that are allowed in this brief YouTube video, but we'll go into more detail about each below.


As Mike touches on in this video, there are quite a few legal fireworks. He mentions novelty fireworks like sparklers or snakes, but many of the fireworks you can buy in Michigan fall under consumer fireworks, which are fireworks you're able to buy in stores like Meijer or Target.


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When and where can you light off Fireworks?

It's important to note that fireworks can only be lit off on the following days. Fireworks launched outside those days could result in fines:

  • December 31st until 1 a.m. on January 1
  • The Saturday and Sunday immediately preceding Memorial Day until 11:45 p.m. on each of these days.
  • June 29 to July 4 until 11:45 p.m. on each of those days.
  • July 5, if that date is a Friday or Saturday, until 11:45 p.m.
  • The Saturday and Sunday immediately preceding Labor Day until 11:45 p.m. on each of those days.

You are also not allowed to light fireworks on public property like schools, parks, and churches. They are only allowed to be set off on your private property.


Here are all the fireworks you can light this summer:

These Fireworks Are Legal In Michigan

Though some of these fireworks may be banned in other states, these are the fireworks you can set off with no worries. Firework categories come from the Fireworks General FAQ document from the State of Michigan. Note: Display Fireworks need to be specially ordered are only allowed to be used by professionals and are not covered in this gallery.

Gallery Credit: Tommy McNeill

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