Michigan Fireworks Law

The Michigan Fireworks Safety Act of 2011 (MCL 28.451), changed Michigan's fireworks law to allow the purchase and use of all types of consumer fireworks. The use of bottle rockets, roman candles, firecrackers, aerial shells or mortars, multi-shot repeaters and other types of consumer fireworks is legal in Michigan.

The Fireworks Safety Act does allow local units of government to limit days and hours of use. Captain Boom gets a lot of questions about this part of the law, so here is the relevant language, taken from MCL 28.457 Section 7(2):

(2) A local unit of government may enact an ordinance regulating the ignition, discharge, and use of consumer fireworks, including, but not limited to, an ordinance prescribing the hours of the day or night during which a person may ignite, discharge, or use consumer fireworks. If a local unit of government enacts an ordinance under this subsection, the ordinance shall not regulate the ignition, discharge, or use of consumer fireworks on the day preceding, the day of, or the day after a national holiday except as follows:

(a) A local unit of government with a population of 50,000 or more or a local unit of government located in a county with a population of 750,000 or more may regulate the ignition, discharge, or use of consumer fireworks between the hours of 12 midnight and 8 a.m. or between the hours of 1 a.m. and 8 a.m. on New Year's day.

(b) A local unit of government with a population of less than 50,000 located in a county with a population of less than 750,000 may regulate the ignition, discharge, or use of consumer fireworks between the hours of 1 a.m. and 8 a.m.

Captain Boom's interpretation of this section of the law is that consumer fireworks use is legal everywhere in the state at all times, unless the local unit of government has regulated fireworks use locally. Note that we are not attorneys, so any content on this page or web domain is not legal advice.

What does this mean?

It means you can shoot fireworks in accordance with the law any day of the year unless your local government has restricted fireworks use. Most large cities in Michigan and many other cities, villages, or townships have implemented use restrictions, which means you have to check your local ordinances to find out what the rules are.

What dates can you shoot fireworks?

Everyone may shoot consumer fireworks in accordance with Michigan law on the day before, the day of, or the day after a national holiday.
The national holidays are:

  • New Year's Day
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday
  • Washington's Birthday
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Columbus Day
  • Veterans Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day
If your local government has not restricted fireworks use, you can shoot them any day of the year. Captain Boom recommends that you be a considerate neighbor, and be reasonable with your times of use. It's also nice to invite the neighbors to enjoy your show with you!