Celebrate the Fourth of July safely

Consumer fireworks prohibited in the City of Bellingham

June 21, 2019 - by Ron Richard, Bellingham Fire Marshal

Public safety officials want to remind Bellingham residents and visitors that all consumer fireworks are prohibited in the City of Bellingham.

In 2014, the Bellingham City Council adopted an ordinance to ban all consumer fireworks within the City limits. Any person who violates the consumer fireworks ban will be subject to a civil infraction with a fine of up to $1,000. The minimum fine will be $250. Law enforcement and fire officials also have the authority to immediately seize fireworks that are located within the City. 

In addition, devices that some call “fireworks” are actually illegal explosive devices that cannot legally be possessed anywhere in the State of Washington. Examples include M-80s or larger, cherry bombs and any improvised device such as a tennis ball bomb. Felony charges can be brought against people found guilty of possessing or discharging illegal explosives.

More details about current fireworks regulations are found in Bellingham Municipal Cod​​e 10.24.130, accessible via the City website at www.cob.org

As in the past, education and enforcement activities are planned this year to make sure residents and visitors are aware of the consumer fireworks ban.

Take advantage​ of community activities

Numerous community events are planned throughout the region to celebrate Independence Day. 

In Bellingham, Haggen Food & Pharmacy, Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce & Industry, and the Port of Bellingham are partnering to provide a free community fireworks display and festival with vendor and craft booths, a kids zone, live bands and a beer garden. The celebration is from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Zuanich Point Park, with the fireworks show starting at approximately 10:30 p.m.

Shuttle service will be available to view fireworks from Zuanich Point Park at Squalicum Harbor.  With limited parking available at Squalicum Harbor, celebrants are encouraged to walk, bike or use free passenger shuttles.  The free passenger shuttles will run from 1 p.m. through 11 p.m. and pick up passengers at Bellingham High School, 2020 Cornwall Ave. The drop-off point will be the CityMac parking lot inside Squalicum Harbor. Event-goers will then use the promenade pedestrian path to reach the event site. For more information, visit www.haggen.com.

Granary Avenue and the Port’s parking lot on Granary Avenue will be closed to vehicles from 6 p.m. on July 4 until 6 a.m. on July 5.  However, Granary Ave and Waypoint Park will be open to pedestrians.  Community members wishing to view fireworks from Granary Avenue or Waypoint Park will need to walk or bike.   

We encourage community members to take advantage of this event or other opportunities to celebrate our nation's independence and enjoy large, legal fireworks displays.

Media Contact

​Captain Dave Pethick, Public Information Officer
Bellingham Fire Department
(360) 778-8480

Lt. Claudia Murphy, Public Information Officer
Bellingham Police Department
(360) 778-8834

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