Residential fireworks are allowed in Kalamazoo for the first time on June 16th

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KALAMAZOO, MI — The city of Kalamazoo will allow fireworks on a different date for the first time this year after the Kalamazoo City Commission approved rules to allow them on June 16.

In July 2021, the City Commission approved an ordinance to allow fireworks on the annual June 19 holiday.

The city is asking for safety and courtesy of anyone planning to celebrate with fireworks this summer. State and local laws only permit the use of fireworks on specific dates and times, the city said.

State law allows fireworks for:

  • Memorial Day: On the Saturday and Sunday before Memorial Day (May 28 and 29) between 11:00 a.m. and 11:45 p.m
  • Independence Day: From June 29th to July 4th from 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 p.m
  • Labor Day: Saturday and Sunday before Labor Day (September 3rd and 4th) between 11am and 11:45pm

Kalamazoo City Ordinance also allows fireworks to celebrate June 16:

  • June 16: Fireworks are allowed until 11:45 p.m. on Saturday, June 18 this year. Fireworks would be allowed until 11:45 p.m. on June 19 if that date were a Friday or Saturday. Otherwise, the change allows fireworks until 11:45 p.m. the third Saturday in June.

Fireworks aren’t allowed in city parks or on school grounds, so city officials are asking residents to please use them only on private property. Use of fireworks outside of these permitted hours, on public premises without a permit, or while under the influence of intoxicants is punishable by a fine of up to US$1,000.

Check local ordinances regarding fireworks here. To report fireworks ordinance violations, please call Kalamazoo Public Safety (non-emergency) at 269-488-8911.

The city urges citizens to be safe when using fireworks:

  • Never allow young children to play with or set off fireworks.
  • Avoid buying fireworks wrapped in brown paper as this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and could pose a hazard to consumers.
  • Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Parents don’t know that young children get injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of around 2,000 degrees – hot enough to melt some metals.
  • Never place any part of your body directly over a firework when lighting the fuse. Back away to a safe distance immediately after setting off fireworks.
  • Never attempt to relight or pick up fireworks that have not fully lit.
  • Never aim or throw fireworks at other people.
  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of a fire or other mishap.
  • Set off fireworks after fireworks, then quickly move back.
  • Never carry fireworks in your pocket or fire them in metal or glass containers.
  • After the fireworks have finished burning, pour plenty of water from a bucket or hose over the used device before disposing of it to prevent a garbage fire.

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