The nation has been largely faithful to a founding father's advice to celebrate the Declaration of Independence with "bells, bonfires and illuminations." But what are the laws around personal fireworks around the D.C. area?
WASHINGTON — John Adams, who would become the second U.S. president, wrote to his wife Abigail on July 3, 1776 about the final draft of the Declaration of Independence: ” … It ought to be solemnized with … Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations …”
The nation has been largely faithful to the Founding Father’s advice.
There are legally approved professional fireworks displays throughout the D.C. area but personal use of most fireworks is illegal throughout the national capital area. Violations can draw a fine of up to $2,500 and up to a year in jail.
Nearby, only West Virginia allows consumers to buy firecrackers, sky rockets, bottle rockets and Roman candles.
Here’s a list that highlights the fireworks laws in various areas around the District.