Firework Safety, Regulations and Bans (List)

Firework Safety, Regulations and Bans (List)

Here’s the scoop on rules and regulations, and where they are banned for your fun and safety.  Source and more info (HERE). – Shellie Hart

Fourth of July holiday

In unincorporated King County:

  • Fireworks may be discharged only on July 4 from 9 a.m. to midnight.
  • Fireworks sales are legal beginning at noon on June 28 until 11 p.m. and then daily between the hours of 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. through July 4. No sales can occur after July 4.
  • To purchase fireworks you must be at least 16 years of age with picture identification.
Discharge regulations for incorporated King County cities

The following regulations were in effect for the year 2013. For external links to individual cities, go to local city Web sites (external link). If you’re not sure if property is in unincorporated King County or within city limits, check jurisdiction online.

Fireworks safety

Please take the following precautions with all fireworks:

  • Use only approved, legal, and common fireworks from reliable Washington State and King County Fire Marshal licensed retailers.
  • Always have a responsible adult light all fireworks.
  • Have a charged garden hose or a fire extinguisher handy.
  • Use fireworks under outdoor conditions only, away from buildings, houses with wood shingles, trees, and dry fields.
  • Avoid aerial type fireworks.
  • Light one item at a time, move away quickly, and keep a safe distance away.
  • Dispose of used fireworks by first soaking them in water.
  • Ensure the safety of pets.
  • Use eye protection.
  • Remember your neighbors and clean up all debris.
  • If a device does not light or fire, an adult should wait at least a minimum of five minutes before approaching the device.
  • Remember, if it has a stick or fins and it goes up or if it blows up, it is illegal in Washington State.
  • Rather than buying fireworks, attend a public fireworks display when available and make that a family tradition.


City Fireworks discharge regulations
Auburn 4th of July only     9 am to midnight
Bellevue Banned
Black Diamond 4th of July only     9 am to midnight
Bothell 4th of July only     9 am to 11 pm
Burien Banned
Carnation Banned
Clyde Hill Banned
Covington 4th of July only     9 am to midnight
Des Moines Banned
Duvall 4th of July only     9 am to 11 pm
Enumclaw 4th of July only     9 am to 11 pm
Federal Way Banned
Hunts Point Banned
Issaquah Banned
Kenmore Banned
Kent 4th of July only     9 am to 11 pm
Kirkland Banned
Lake Forest Park Banned
Maple Valley 4th of July only     9 am to 11 pm
Medina Banned
Mercer Island 4th of July only     9 am to 11 pm
Newcastle Banned
Normandy Park June 28 to July 4:
June 28: Noon-11 pm
June 29 ~ July 4:  9 am-11 pm
North Bend 4th of July only     9 am to midnight
Pacific 4th of July only     9 am to midnight
Redmond Banned
Renton Banned
Sammamish Banned
SeaTac Banned
Seattle Banned
Shoreline Banned
Skykomish 4th of July only     9 am to 11 pm
Snoqualmie 4th of July only     6 pm to 11 pm
Tukwila Banned
Woodinville Banned
Yarrow Point Banned

About Shellie Hart

Your workday host is a longtime Seattle Radio Midday Air-Personality. Shellie grew up in Burien and now lives in West Seattle. She’s the on-court Entertainment Emcee for our 2X WNBA Championship Team SEATTLE STORM. Shellie is also committed to Children’s Hospital with weekly participation in their CHILD LIFE Program, dedicating over a 100 hours of volunteer time annually. People ask all the time, “What’s your favorite part of the job?”, and my response is YOU! Sure I get to meet all kinds of famous people, but it’s engaging with the people and their Northwest families that makes me happy”