The Fourth of July is just around the corner meaning it is time for fireworks, barbecues, and boating. Fireworks, however, can pose a serious safety hazard to people, homes, and pets. In this blog post we will outline firework laws in several local counties and cities, discuss safety concerns while using fireworks, and present some alternatives to a DIY fireworks show in your driveway.
In the Commonwealth of Virginia, fireworks laws are broken down into three governing powers: state, county, and city. Each of these authorities have different rules regarding what is legal or illegal within their boundaries with city laws being the most restrictive.
At the state level:
In Fairfax County:
In Arlington County:
This link will take you to the rules of permitted fireworks for Fairfax and Arlington Counties.
Despite the fact that fireworks are permitted in Fairfax County, several cities within the county have outlawed fireworks. These cities include Alexandria, Falls Church, and Vienna.
If you have plans to light fireworks this Fourth of July please remember some safety steps you can take to minimize the risk of injuring yourself or others:
Lighting fireworks at home is not the only way to enjoy a good show on the Fourth of July; Northern Virginia has a collection of wonderful events and fireworks displays open to all:
Fireworks Reflecting Pool at Washington Monument in Washington, DC start at 9:10 pm
Alexandria Oronoco Bay Fireworks party starts at 7:30
Arlington Fourth of July Celebration at Long Bridge Park runs from 4-10 pm
City of Fairfax Fireworks Display and Live Music at Fairfax High School; fireworks start at 9:30 pm
Falls Church Fireworks Display at George Mason High School, fireworks start at 9:20 pm
Herndon Fireworks Display at The Herndon Community Center, fireworks start at 9:30 pm
Lake Fairfax Park Fireworks Display begins at 9:15
McLean Independence Day Celebration and Firework Show at The McLean Community Center with grounds opening at 8:00 pm
All of us at Curcio Law hope you have a wonderful and safe Fourth of July!
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