Here’s where you can safely enjoy a public fireworks display this 4th of July


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Watching a professional fireworks show is a great – and safe – way to enjoy pyrotechnic fun while staying safe and minimizing the risk of wildfires and injuries this 4th of July.

As a reminder, please remember that fireworks are illegal in the City of Burien, and fines have increased this year:

As the July 4th holiday rapidly approaches, the City of Burien urges residents to comply with Burien’s ban on fireworks within city limits. The Burien Police Department has scheduled extra officers who will specifically be assigned to enforce violations of the fireworks ordinance.

Residents who possess or discharge fireworks may receive a ticket, be fined from $125 to $1,000 depending on the nature of the violation, and have their fireworks confiscated.

No such thing as safe fireworks

  • Fireworks cause thousands of burns and eye injuries each year. Even sparklers burn hot enough to cause third-degree burns.
  • Fireworks pose a serious risk of house fires. It only takes one stray bottle rocket to land in a gutter with dry leaves, and someone’s home, and potentially the family and pets inside the home, are lost. Every year, hundreds of homes catch on fire because of fireworks.
  • The safer alternative is attending a public fireworks display. Not only is it safer, but you also get to enjoy the artistry of fireworks designed and launched by professionals.
  • Respect your neighbors and protect the environment. Some military veterans who suffer from PTSD find the loud noises trigger panic attacks and other negative feelings. Loud noises can also be terrifying for pets, birds, and other wildlife. Nesting birds may be scared away from their nests, and the stress of the loud noises may cause animals to flee into roadways. Elderly residents and young children can also be disturbed by the loud noises from fireworks.

There are many ways to still have fun on July 4th. Go to the Burien Independence Day Parade, enjoy a picnic or barbecue, or go to a public fireworks display and leave the lighting of fireworks to the professionals.

The City of Burien staff, Burien Police Department, and Burien Fire Department will be working together to ensure residents have a safe and happy July 4th holiday.

Here are several public fireworks options in King County:

For do-it-yourselfers
In unincorporated King County: With sale of state-approved consumer fireworks beginning this week, King County reminds you that in unincorporated areas, fireworks may be discharged only on Thursday, July 4, between 9 a.m. and midnight.

By King County Code, fireworks are not allowed on any King County Parks properties—including Marymoor Park, Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park, Steve Cox Memorial Park in White Center, Skyway Park in Skyway, and all other parks properties—except for authorized fireworks displays (see list above).

In cities: A number of cities in King County restrict or prohibit the discharge of fireworks. To find out what rules apply in your area, check with the specific city.

If you choose to celebrate at home, King County Fire Marshal Chris Ricketts urges you to follow the three B’s:

  • Be prepared before lighting any firework 
  • Be safe when fireworks are being lit 
  • Be responsible after fireworks are done  

Here are more details about using fireworks safely and responsibly:

  • Use only approved, legal fireworks from reliable Washington State and King County Fire Marshal-licensed retailers.
  • You must be at least 16 years old, with photo identification, to purchase fireworks.
  • Always have a responsible adult light all fireworks.
  • Have a charged garden hose or a fire extinguisher handy.
  • Use fireworks outdoors only—away from buildings, houses with wood exteriors, trees, and dry fields.
  • Avoid aerial fireworks.
  • Light one item at a time, move away quickly, and have everyone keep a safe distance.
  • If a device does not light or fire, an adult should wait at least five minutes before approaching it.
  • Soak used fireworks in water before disposing of them.
  • Keep pets safe. Use eye protection. Clean up all debris.
  • If it has a stick or fins and it goes up, or if it explodes, it is illegal in Washington State.

For more information, visit the King County Permitting’s Burn Bans & Fireworks page or the Washington State Patrol’s Fireworks page. 

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