Celebrating Safety on the Fourth of July

Celebrating Safety on the Fourth of July

Monday, July 1, 2024

This week, Hoosiers will come together to celebrate America's Independence Day. While celebrating, it is extremely important to be mindful of Indiana's fireworks laws, respectful of others and aware of everyone's safety.

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security offers an overview of these laws and ways Hoosiers can celebrate safely and responsibly on their website, which can be found below or by clicking here.

Indiana Firework Laws

  • You must be at least 18 to purchase fireworks.
  • Fireworks use is limited to personal property, the property of someone who has approved of the use of fireworks or a designated location specifically for the use of consumer fireworks.
  • It is illegal to set off fireworks between 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. throughout the year. Further limitations may be set by local ordinances, so residents should check with local officials.
  • The following dates and times are protected in Indiana for consumer-use of fireworks and may not be prohibited by local ordinances:
    • June 29 – July 3: 5 p.m. until two hours after sunset;
    • July 4: 10 a.m. – midnight;
    • July 5 – 9: 5 p.m. until two hours after sunset; and
    • Dec. 31: 10 a.m. – 1 a.m.
  • All public firework displays must receive a state permit, which includes approval from the local fire chief. A permit is needed to conduct the show as well as to possess and transport the fireworks used in the show.
  • All fireworks manufacturers, distributors and sellers in Indiana are required to receive state permits.

Safety Tips and Reminders

  • Fireworks can be overwhelming for people, pets and wild animals. Remember to be considerate and mindful of what time and place fireworks are being set off.
  • Be sure you are buying fireworks that are legal in Indiana.
  • Only use fireworks at locations where you have approval to set them off.
  • Always have water or a fire extinguisher nearby to put out fireworks. Pour water on spent fireworks before throwing them away.
  • Do not hold lit fireworks in your hands.

It is also important to be considerate of those who struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The loud, unexpected sounds from fireworks can trigger symptoms of PTSD. Those who struggle with PTSD and may be in need of resources during Fourth of July celebrations can click here.

As you celebrate, be sure to keep these things in mind and have a safe and fun Fourth of July weekend!