HAPPY 4TH OF JULY: For You US Residents... are Fireworks allowed where you live? What are your plans for the 4th this year?

  • HndsmKansan

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    Jun 24, 2009 3:21 PM GMT
    Hard to believe its almost the 4th of July!! I was reminded this morning its 10 days away. Here in Kansas, the "fireworks tents" (for sales) are going up, including one less than 1/4 mile from my house (which is a real difference). Here in Kansas, its a county and city decision. You can have one "fireworks dry" county and then cross the county line and have stands and tents everywhere.

    Andover, KS (where I live) sits on the county line and since large fireworks are not allowed in Wichita or Sedgwick county, many people flock to Andover to grab the larger fireworks which are on sale here. Its crazy on the 4th of July.

    For many years in the past, I've had a party with friends on the 4th at my house... a few quieter ones.. this year I may have another party. Still debating.

    Do you celebrate with Fireworks? Are they allowed where they live?
    What do you do for the 4th? HAPPY JULY 4th everyone... don't forget why we celebrate! icon_biggrin.gif



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    Jun 24, 2009 3:34 PM GMT
    Charlotte is on the border of North and South Carolina. Fireworks except sparklers and other low grade fireworks, are illegal in North Carolina. South Carolina allows the sale of fireworks. So, every year, people flock across the state line to buy up the goodies and bring them back. The city puts on a very cool fireworks show, although not nearly elaborate as in past years. Done in the stadium, but if you have access to rooftops downtown, you can view them without the crowds and some points outside center city, you can see the fireworks from as far as 5 or so miles away.
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    Jun 24, 2009 3:35 PM GMT
    I haven't seen fireworks sold in my part of urban Florida, but I hear them in the neighborhood. I know some adjacent states sell them. I've never heard of citations for setting them off, but I suppose if someone got hurt there might be charges.

    I've lived in other states where sales were legal, either year-round or for a month prior to the 4th and New Years. I bought some for New Year's 2000.

    The best professional fireworks I ever saw were for a solid week, in West Fargo, North Dakota. The US national association of fireworks producers, whatever their formal name is, holds a convention and demonstration every summer, in different parts of the US.

    They picked the West Fargo fairgrounds several times, because the land is totally flat, the population sparse, the weather & winds reliable that time of year. The top pyrotechnics companies in the US & Canada showed up, to demonstrate their products to potential buyers, and to win prizes.

    A full 7 nights of nothing but hours of the best fireworks anyone can make, while we watched in the seats of a race car stadium. After that, all other fireworks displays are anti-climatic for me.
  • Timbales

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    Jun 24, 2009 3:38 PM GMT
    Fireworks aren't legal in NY.

    I don't have plans for the 4th, but on the 5th I'm going to a cookout. I've got two friends who will be home visiting from Phoenix.
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    Jun 24, 2009 3:50 PM GMT
    No personal fireworks are allowed in Virginia that I know of. But every locality has its own public fireworks display. And, of course, DC has the national fireworks display, which you can see if you are willing to endure the crowds. Going over before isnt bad, but leaving...OMG!... icon_eek.gif I saw them in 1976 (I remember we had to park in Virginia and walk over the bridge to DC ... icon_rolleyes.gif ) ...and I will go back in 2026. ... icon_lol.gif
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    Jun 24, 2009 7:35 PM GMT
    I'm planning being home in Los Angeles and they are totally illegal.
  • jarhead5536

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    Jun 24, 2009 7:36 PM GMT
    Yes, fireworks are allowed here in Montana. I will spend that evening trying to coax my traumatized dog out from under the bed, and trying not to get shot by all the whackos shooting their guns into the air (that's allowed too)...
  • auryn

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    Jun 24, 2009 7:43 PM GMT
    Can't shoot off fireworks here, and the fireworks show that I usually watch is now owned by Chase (the company that bought mine for a pittance then let a bunch of us go in December).

    I'll be in Victoria B.C. on the 4th.
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    Jun 24, 2009 7:44 PM GMT
    If the crappy weather keeps up, I'll be decorating a christmas tree this 4th.
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    Jun 24, 2009 7:49 PM GMT
    vespa, drive north a few miles. they're sold everywhere from albertsons to cvs and walgreens to fireworks outlets.

    we haven't bought any for a couple years. 1/2 of our large neighborhood have competing aerial shows. a couple lawn chairs and we're good to go.
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    Jun 24, 2009 9:26 PM GMT
    Night jumps at my favorite Dropzone with my best buddies...

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  • roadbikeRob

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    Jun 24, 2009 10:18 PM GMT
    The fourth of July is just a day of recreation and relaxation for me. As for personal fireworks, they are unlawful in New York but that doesn't stop some of these idiots from buying them and setting them off risking serious injury to themselves and everyone else.
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    Jun 24, 2009 10:32 PM GMT
    Illegal in Michigan as well but it's like a 30 minute trip to Ohio where the good ones abound icon_biggrin.gif

    I'll be throwing firecrackers at the kids and shooting off bottle rockets.. too cheap to pay for the larger mortars... I'll most likely lose a digit one of these days.. that'll teach me!! icon_razz.gif
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    Jun 25, 2009 12:35 AM GMT
    Some fireworks are legal here, but I forget which ones. Will go to downtown Minneapolis and watch the display over the river with a friend, then come back to my place and we'll shoot off lots of fireworks, along with all of the neighbors. The Asian and Hispanic members of the neighborhood have been trying to outdo each other for a week now, so it will be a good night for fireworks I'm sure.
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    Jun 25, 2009 12:38 AM GMT
    I will be in P-town. Cant wait!!!!!!
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    Jun 25, 2009 12:52 AM GMT
    roadbikeRob saidThe fourth of July is just a day of recreation and relaxation for me. As for personal fireworks, they are unlawful in New York but that doesn't stop some of these idiots from buying them and setting them off risking serious injury to themselves and everyone else.


    isn't it interesting that in areas where they are legal, you can have -everyone- on the block lighting off dozens and hundreds of fireworks (literally) without any injuries or damage?

    there's always going to be someone stupid somewhere doing something stupid. but not everyone is =]
  • coolarmydude

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    Jun 25, 2009 1:24 AM GMT
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    Jun 25, 2009 11:28 AM GMT
    Our whole family blows all their money on fireworks and gets smashed. ALL of us.


    Then I get up the next morning and try to celebrate my birthday. icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif
  • crush09

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    Jun 25, 2009 12:14 PM GMT
    here in hawaii its basically a tradition for fireworks, every year during the 4th and new years and also chinese new years, its a mayhem of neighbors battling for who can put on the best firework show. the aftermath though aint pretty, debris everywhere!

    Oh yah since were in the pacific its fairly easy to get the really illegal stuff.... im talking about the ones from china..... HAHAHAH CHINATOWN BABY!!!...roflmao.

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    Jun 25, 2009 12:42 PM GMT
    FirefighterBlu3 saidvespa, drive north a few miles. they're sold everywhere from albertsons to cvs and walgreens to fireworks outlets.

    we haven't bought any for a couple years. 1/2 of our large neighborhood have competing aerial shows. a couple lawn chairs and we're good to go.

    Thanks, I kinda thought sales were legal in the counties to our north, but hadn't explored it because I don't set them off myself anymore. As you say, lots of them in our neighborhood, but nothing like I experienced in Berlin, Germany.

    The Germans set them off at midnight New Years, and each year I was living in West Berlin in the 1970s we'd go to the top of the highest land feature, the Teufelberg in the middle of a forested park. I recall it being off limits to civilians, where the US kept our secret monitoring antennas. At midnight rockets would go up on all sides of us in the distance, a 360-degree panorama of fireworks like I have never seen before or since.

    The noise would reach us as we toasted with our champagne, a constant loud rumble of explosions, and in a few minutes later the city would start to haze-over with the smoke of so many fireworks. It continued for a solid 20 minutes of cacophony and flashes of light and rising rocket trails, and I imagined a little of what the devastating Allied bombings on the city must have been like during World War II.

    I wondered that the residents would want to remind themselves of that, but this was their annual custom. And perhaps only from our unique high vantage point, with all the city around us beyond the surrounding dark carpet of woods below, would anyone else even notice the connection.
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    Jun 25, 2009 12:43 PM GMT
    Going out of town and spend some alone with my boyfriend,
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    Jun 25, 2009 12:58 PM GMT
    It's My Birthday!