Thurston County facilities are now open to the public with restrictions, including maintaining physical distancing of at least six feet at all times and, per the Washington State Secretary of Health’s face covering order wearing a cloth face covering or mask.
If you come to county facilities, please be prepared for potentially long wait times or lines due to distancing guidelines. We continue to encourage residents to access county services online, by phone, by email, or through the use of drop boxes
located outside of county buildings.
The availability of remote services vary by office and department.
(For office and department contacts, visit: https://bit.ly/3bs7bdy) )
(For COVID-19 Information, visit: https://bit.ly/2N9DYtJ)
Fireworks in Thurston County
Fireworks will be allowed in unincorporated Thurston County this Fourth of July.
The sale and discharge of fireworks in unincorporated Thurston County is strictly limited:
- Fireworks sales in unincorporated Thurston County: Begins June 28 at 12 p.m. and ends July 4 at 11 p.m.
- Discharge of fireworks in unincorporated Thurston County: July 3 and July 4 ONLY between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m.
Residents are urged to be very careful with fireworks. Follow these safety tips when using fireworks:
- Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
- Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.
- Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Parents don't realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees - hot enough to melt some metals.
- Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
- Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
- Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
- Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
- Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
- Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
- After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.
- Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.