Fireworks in Thurston County


The Discharge of Fireworks in Thurston County

The discharge of consumer fireworks is allowed in unincorporated Thurston County July 3 and July 4

The sale and discharge of fireworks in unincorporated Thurston County is strictly limited:
Fireworks sales in unincorporated Thurston County: Ends Saturday, July 4, at 11 p.m. 
Discharge of fireworks in unincorporated Thurston County: Friday, July 3, and Saturday, July 4, between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m.

“We have had a wet spring, which contributed to the decision of allowing the discharge of consumer fireworks for the residents of unincorporated Thurston County,” says County Manager Ramiro Chavez. “However, the discharge of fireworks is banned in the cities of Olympia, Lacey, and Tumwater. Please remain aware of where you discharge fireworks. The discharge of fireworks is prohibited in county parks.” 

DateFireworks May Be Sold/PurchasedFireworks May Be Used/Discharged
June 28
12 pm - 11 pm
Not allowed
July 3 - July 4
9 am - 11 pm
9 am - 11 pm
Dec. 27 - Jan. 1
Not allowed
Not allowed
Does not apply to tribal lands.
Residents using fireworks this year are urged to have a source of water available, adult supervision, and to never re-light fireworks that did not go off the first time.

Other Firework Information
Thurston County prohibits the sale, purchase, possession, or use of consumer fireworks December 27 through 1 a.m. January 1, and thereafter on the same period each year. Washington State law sets the allowable dates and times for sale or discharge of fireworks; however, this does not apply to tribal lands. Cities and counties may, by ordinance, can further restrict the days and times when fireworks may be sold and discharged, or even prohibit the sale and discharge of fireworks entirely. Local regulations may not be less restrictive than state law. 

Thurston County Code 6.68.057 gives the county manager the authority to prohibit the discharge of consumer fireworks during periods of extreme fire danger. The decision must be made one full day before the first day fireworks sales are allowed. Prior to making this decision, the county manager consults with the Thurston County Fire Marshal, and the Emergency Services director, who will have researched all relevant weather model forecasts from the National Weather Service, as well as consider all relevant fire safety decisions made by the state Department of Natural Resources, and local fire districts. If an emergency ban is enacted, information is distributed widely, including through newspapers, social media, the county website, and e-newsletters.