Section 18-183: Fireworks Ordinance

Before using fireworks to celebrate holidays, you’ll want to make sure you aren’t breaking local laws. A City ordinance sets specific times and days for the use of “consumer fireworks”. These are fireworks that shoot into the sky for a large visual effect. 

  • For New Year's Eve and Day, consumer fireworks are allowed until 1 a.m. on Jan. 1. 
  • When it comes to Memorial Day, consumer fireworks are only allowed the Saturday and Sunday before Memorial Day from 11 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. This means these fireworks are not allowed on Memorial Day. 
  • For Independence Day, consumer fireworks are permitted during the hours of 11 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. from June 30 to July 4. If the following day, July 5, is on a Friday or Saturday, consumer fireworks are allowed until 11:45 p.m. as well. 
  • These fireworks are allowed the Saturday and Sunday before Labor Day from 11 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. This means consumer fireworks are not permitted on Labor Day. 

The Jackson Police Department asks residents to call 911 for fireworks violations.  Officers advise residents to be aware of when fireworks are allowed so the dispatch center is not overwhelmed with fireworks calls.  The ordinance also states that fireworks may be seized by an officer as part of a violation, and offenders could face a civil fine of $1,000 for violating the ordinance. Minors under 18 years old are not allowed to possess consumer fireworks. 

There are no restrictions for using small ground fireworks and sparklers. 

Safety Tips
Here are some safety tips, when it comes to buying, using, or enjoying your fireworks:

  • Always buy from an established retail outlet
  • Never make your own fireworks, and be on the lookout for teens experimenting with home-made fireworks
  • Have a responsible adult in charge
  • Never give fireworks to children
  • Always read and follow the directions on the label
  • Only use fireworks outdoors
  • Keep a bucket of water handy
  • Wear eye protection when lighting a firework
  • Never have any part of your body over a firework
  • Light only one firework at a time
  • Never re-light a "dud" firework
  • Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers
  • Do not carry fireworks in your pocket
  • Dispose of fireworks properly by soaking them in water before putting them in a trash can

Additional Information
For more tips and information please visit The National Council on Firework Safety website.