Fireworks in Thurston County

    The discharge of consumer fireworks is NOT allowed in unincorporated Thurston County Saturday, July 3, and 
    Sunday, July 4, 2021. 

    Due to the dry weather conditions, there is an emergency ban on the discharge of consumer fireworks in place for unincorporated Thurston County. Extensive rainfall in early June created a large amount of growth in brush and vegetation. This growth is now becoming very dry due to lack of precipitation and projected record setting high temperatures. Dry vegetation is one of the main fuel sources of concern. It can lead to increased fire severity and threaten the lives and property of residents. Per Thurston County Code 6.68.057, the county manager, after consulting with the fire marshal, or other elected officials as may be deemed appropriate, may prohibit the discharge of consumer fireworks during periods of extreme weather. 

    Due to the dry conditions, the Thurston County Fire Marshal, in consultation with the Thurston County Director of Emergency Services and as delegated by the Thurston County Manager, determined weather conditions have met the fire danger level necessary to enact an emergency ban on the discharge of consumer fireworks in unincorporated Thurston County. Multiple sources, including the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, National Weather Service, Northwest Interagency Coordination Center, and local fire chiefs were engaged on this decision.

    “This decision was made to increase the safety for life and property of residents, and in support of our first responders. We recognize that the national Fourth of July holiday is a celebration of freedom and liberty in the United States, with the discharge of fireworks as an expression of that freedom. However, given the current and projected weather conditions we believe this is the right call for our community. Please celebrate safely this Independence Day”, says Joshua Cummings, Thurston County Fire Marshal. 

    Here's a list of 4th of July firework displays and celebrations in Thurston County:

    What: Lacey Fireworks Spectacular
    Saturday, July 3, at 10:00 p.m.
    Where: Fireworks will be launched from Chinook Middle School (4301 6th Ave NE) with surrounding parking lots open to the public for viewing!
    Attendance: Cost is FREE! This is a "drive up and watch" format. Bring your family, park your car and watch the spectacular show. You can learn more on the City of Lacey Arts and Events webpage.

    What: City of Tumwater’s Red, White & Blue Drive-Thru
    When: Sunday, July 4, at 10:00 a.m.
    Where: Tumwater City Hall (555 Israel Road)
    Attendance: Cost is FREE, but registration is required. Choose from three available time slots: 10 a.m., 11 a.m., or 12 p.m. You can register on the City of Tumwater Special Events webpage.

    What: Thunder Valley Fireworks Show
    Sunday, July 4, at 10:15 p.m.
    Where: The fireworks will be discharged from the Tumwater Valley Golf Course Driving Range (4611 Tumwater Valley Dr SE)
    Attendance:  There is no public viewing area for the show. The fireworks can be seen in places around the City of Tumwater, such as Tumwater Hill or the North Street area. Park and watch the fireworks from the location of your choice. You can learn more on the City of Tumwater Special Events webpage.

    What: Independence Day Celebration
    Sunday, July 4, from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
    Where: Joint Base Lewis McChord Cowan and Memorial Stadiums (S 12th St., JBLM)
    Attendance: Cost is FREE, but a DOD ID card is required for attendance. You can learn more on the JBLM website.