Fireworks can be an exciting way to celebrate. Fireworks need to be treated with respect and care. Consider viewing our professional fireworks display in place of lighting personal fireworks.
In Utah, some fireworks are illegal. Generally, if they are sold in Utah, they are legal to use in Utah. If you could not purchase the firework in Utah, it is not legal to light that firework in Utah at any time.
When conditions make the risk of wildfire extremely high, many areas will not allow firework use of any kind. These areas include the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) areas in Cedar City (interactive map here or pdf map); public and private lands in Unincorporated parts of Iron County, below are the only places in Cedar City we recommend lighting fireworks and remember fireworks are never allowed on US Forest Service, BLM, or National Park administered lands.
City's 4th of July Firework Show: Pending any unforeseen circumstances, Cedar City Fire Department provides a safe way for residents to enjoy fireworks on the 4th of July at the Cedar City Airport with a firework show beginning after dark (usually around 9:30- 10:00 pm). Although fireworks are legal in areas of Cedar City, the Cedar City Fire Department greatly discourages personal firework use as it can be life-threatening in a variety of ways. Any liability or repercussions that come with accidentally igniting structures, vegetation, etc. will belong to the person who was using the fireworks. Our advice is to leave it to the professionals, or use a designated location in Cedar City:
Recommended Use Locations within Cedar City Limits (ordinance 17-18(F))
All Classifications of fireworks that are permitted by State law may be used at times prescribed by state law. Recommended places include the South parking lot of Cedar High School; the parking lot at the Bicentennial Softball Complex; the Iron Springs Elementary parking lot; the Canyon View High School parking lot; the Aquatic Center parking lot; and the street between Bicentennial Soccer Complex parking lots. The street will be closed to traffic for the discharge dates.
Discharge times and dates:
Between the hours of 11 am and 11 pm except as noted:
July 2 – July 5 (July 4th hours extended to midnight)
July 22 – 25 (July 24th hours extended to midnight)
December 31 (11 am – 1 am Jan. 1) Chinese New Year’s Eve (11 am – 1 am the following day)
Safety tips from the National Council on Fireworks Safety:
- Use fireworks outdoors only.
- Obey local laws. If fireworks are not legal where you live, do not use them! (WUI defined areas and Unincorporated areas of Iron County)
- Always have water handy (a hose or buckets of water). Soak spent fireworks in water for 24 hours, away from other combustibles, before disposal.
- Only use fireworks as intended. DO NOT try to alter them or combine them.
- Never re-light a "dud" firework (wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water) fireworks
- Use common sense when using fireworks. Spectators should keep a safe distance from the fireworks. The person lighting the fireworks should wear safety glasses.
- Alcohol and fireworks do not mix! Have a "designated" person light fireworks.
- Only persons over age 12 should be allowed to handle sparklers of any type.
- DO NOT ever use homemade fireworks or illegal explosives; they can kill you! Report illegal explosives to the fire or police department in your community.
For additional information visit The Utah State Fire Marshal website.