Fireworks in Ferndale: Know the Law

June 22, 2020

Whether you love them or hate them, fireworks season has arrived and we've heard daily feedback about the use of personal fireworks, firecrackers, and noisemakers by residents. We've also heard a number of questions about the days and times fireworks are allowed, as well as what to do if you experiencing fireworks noise in your neighborhood.

The City of Ferndale follows a stricter ordinance than the State for fireworks usage; please take a moment to review the City's regulations and FAQ and reach out to us if you have additional questions or concerns.

When are fireworks allowed in Ferndale?

In 2019, City Council voted to reduce the number of days fireworks can be used in Ferndale from 30 to 12. On the following days, fireworks may be used in the City of Ferndale after 11 a.m.:

  • December 31 until 1 a.m. on January 1
  • The Saturday and Sunday immediately preceding Memorial Day until 11:45 p.m. on each of those days
  • June 29 to July 4 until 11:45 p.m. on each of those days
  • July 5, if that date is a Friday or Saturday until 11:45 p.m.
  • The Saturday and Sunday immediately preceding Labor Day until 11:45 p.m. on each of those days.

Can fireworks be used on dates not included above, as long as it's early enough in the evening?

No. Fireworks, firecrackers, and noisemakers are only allowed during the dates and times mentioned above. Use of these items outside the legally-allowed timeframes are considered a violation of ordinance and could result in a civil infraction.

What happens if the Fireworks Ordinance is violated?

A violation of the ordinance—using fireworks outside of the legally-allowed timeframes listed above—will be investigated by the Ferndale Police Department and can result in a civil infraction, punishable by a fine of $1,000 for each violation.

What should I do if fireworks are being used outside of the legally-allowed timeframes on my street or in my neighborhood?

Call the Ferndale Police Department non-emergency line at 248-541-3650. They are here to help enforce the Fireworks Ordinance and will follow up on any complaints received.

POST WRITTEN BY

Kara Sokol

Communications Director