Safe Celebration of the Fourth of July

June 16, 2022 11:36 AM
by Joe Cavin, Abby Butikofer

Summer is upon us in Santa Monica, and with summer come lots of celebration!  As everyone gears up for Independence Day weekend, the City of Santa Monica would like to remind all of some important guidelines when it comes to celebrating the 4th of July:


Fireworks are not permitted within the City of Santa Monica.  City of Santa Monica Fire Code 5601.1.3 states that "All fireworks shall be illegal in the City of Santa Monica including California State Fire Marshal "Safe and Sane" fireworks. No person shall possess, transport, sell or offer for sale any such fireworks."  Fireworks may not be used in Santa Monica even if they are legal in the city in which they are purchased.

The Santa Monica Fire Department reiterates that possession of fireworks is considered a misdemeanor and may be punishable up to a $1,000.00 fine and/or 6 months in jail.  Please remember that discharging firearms into the air is also a felony and is punishable by a year in state prison.

Firework Safety Facts

Firework Shows in Los Angeles

While Santa Monica does not host firework shows, Los Angeles offers many options to still participate in this Independence Day tradition.  See the locations and dates of LA-based fireworks here and here.

Great Spots to View LA Fireworks from Santa Monica

Fortunately, you don't have to leave Santa Monica to witness many of the LA fireworks lighting the sky!  The following is a list of great spots to catch the rockets' red glare:

Harnessing that Patriotic Spirit

Of course, fireworks aren't the only way to celebrate our nation's independence.  Here is an incomprehensive list of family-friendly ways to celebrate the Fourth of July sans fireworks:

Authored By

Joe Cavin
Fire Marshal

Abby Butikofer
Admin Intern


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