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King County wants residents to be safe and observe all fireworks rules this Fourth of July


Sales of state-approved consumer fireworks begin Thursday, June 28 throughout King County. The discharge of consumer fireworks is allowed only on July 4. The King County Sheriff’s Office will also be conducting emphasis patrols on illegal fireworks use.


As family, friends and neighbors come together to celebrate this July 4th holiday, King County hopes everyone stays safe and follows the rules when discharging fireworks. 


The discharge of state-approved consumer fireworks is allowed in unincorporated King County on Wednesday, July 4 from 9 a.m. to midnight. 


King County fire agencies are urging residents to attend one of the many professional public fireworks displays during the Fourth of July weekend. The Washington State Fireworks has compiled a list of public firework events by city.


The King County Sheriff’s Office was given additional funding to better address and respond to 911 calls that happen around the Fourth of July”, said King County Sheriff Mitzi Johanknecht. Deputies will be out on emphasis patrols for people discharging illegal fireworks prior to the 4th of July.


By King County Code, fireworks are not allowed on any King County Parks properties, including such popular locations as 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 – such as the City of Carnation’s annual Great Carnation 4th of July Celebration at Tolt-MacDonald Park.


While it is not advisable to light fireworks, King County Fire Marshal Chris Ricketts urges following the three B’s: 


  • Be Prepared before lighting any firework
  • Be Safe when fireworks are being lit
  • Be Responsible after fireworks are done.


For more information, visit the King County Department of Permitting and Environmental Review Fire Marshal website or the Washington State Patrol’s fireworks website.