Although firework stands may sell fireworks on June 28, they are not allowed to be legally discharged until July 4 during the hours of 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. Discharge of fireworks is prohibited in City parks and its parking lots.
If you believe the fireworks are posing an imminent threat of fire or injury, please call 911.
Legal vs. Illegal Fireworks
- Download a helpful PDF from Washington State Patrol (PDF).
- Legal consumer fireworks: cylindrical fountain, helicopters and aerial spinners, cone fountains, smoke devices, Roman candles, parachutes, wheels, mine / shells / cakes, ground spinners, reloadable mortars, dipped stick and sparkler, and novelties.
- Illegal fireworks and explosive devices: firecrackers, sky rockets and missiles, bottle rockets, M-80's/M-100's/etc., Improvised Explosive Device (IED) and altered fireworks.
Where can you discharge fireworks?
- It is best practice to discharge fireworks from your own property and assure that no part of the firework, including burning embers, leaves your property. Individuals and property owners may be held liable for damage to persons or property caused by fireworks.
- It is ILLEGAL to:
- Discharge fireworks in any Washington State or City Park.
- Discharge fireworks on state or federal land, including those managed by the Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Forest Service.
- Discharge fireworks on public property, including public streets, sidewalks, parking lots, or school property.
- Discharge fireworks on private property without the owner's permission.
Rules / Helpful Tips
- Legal discharge is allowed on July 4 from 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. only.
- Fireworks are prohibited in all city parks (BMC 13.04.050).
- Fireworks purchased from licensed firework stands within the city of Bremerton are legal to discharge within the city during the legal discharge date (July 4) and times (11 am to 11 pm) only.
- A garden hose should be within reach to extinguish any small fires should they develop.
- Follow all safety precautions listed on the specific fireworks purchased.
- Only responsible adults should use or handle fireworks.
- Only buy fireworks from a licensed seller (not from someone on the street or from someone's house).
- Light the fireworks on a hard surface and be cautious of any wind.
- Have a designated person to set off the fireworks who avoids alcohol and does not wear loose clothing.
- Make sure that the designated person wears safety goggles and close toed shoes.
- Do not alter or combine fireworks.
- Aim the firework away from houses, dry leaves, flammable materials and people.
- Never extend a body part over the devise.
- Light 1 firework at a time.
- Never relight a "dud" firework.
- Wait 20 minutes after setting off the firework to approach it, and then soak it in water.
- It is illegal for fireworks to be sold to anyone under the age of 16.