Welcome to Summer. It's almost time to start thinking about the 4th of July and what you'll be doing to celebrate this year. If you live in the city of Yakima Yakima Fire Department officials say don't even think about lighting fireworks within city limits. It's illegal to store, sell, possess or discharge fireworks in Yakima. Firefighters in Yakima encourage people to enjoy the big community show at State Fair Park which was cancelled last year but returns this year after the pandemic.
Every year firefighters from throughout the valley are busy with fireworks related calls. In 2020 fire departments around the county responded to 70 fireworks related fires. Yakima Fire Department firefighters say they doused 15 fires within city limits last 4th of July.
It's different in other cities. Residents are allowed to use fireworks under certain restrictions in Granger, Harrah, Mabton, Moxee and Zillah.

Fireworks sales officially start in Washington State on June 28.

A press release from State Fair Park in Yakima announcing the big 4th of July party that actually starts on Friday, July 2 with the 4th of July Carnival at the park.

The City of Yakima and Yakima County Commissioners have stepped up to fund the 2021 4th of July fireworks display. “We want to thank both the City of Yakima and Yakima County for their generous support in making the fireworks display possible this year.This annual celebration is important for all of us to come together and enjoy public events again. The last year has been tough for all of us, and we look forward to welcoming the community back to State Fair Park to kick off the Summer.” Says State Fair Park President and CEO Kathy Kramer.The fireworks display and parking are free.

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