City Independence Day Schedule & Fireworks Information

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June 29, 2018 - ​City of Ann Arbor municipal offices, including the Customer Service Center at Larcom City Hall and the 15th Judicial District Court at the Ann Arbor Justice Center, will be closed for Independence Day, Wednesday, July 4. Safety services and water utility operations will maintain 24-hour schedules.​


There will be no trash, recycling or compost collection in the city of Ann Arbor on Wednesday, July 4. The Wednesday pickups will occur on Thursday, and the rest of the collections will occur one day later throughout the week. The normal Friday routes will be serviced on Saturday, July 7. Commercial customers with weekly Saturday service through the city franchise with Waste Management will receive Saturday pickups without delays.

Recycle Ann Arbor's Drop-off Station at 2950 E. Ellsworth Road will be closed on Wednesday, July 4. The Drop-off Station is normally open weekly on Mondays 8:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. until Aug. 28, Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m., and Saturdays 9 a.m.–6 p.m. For more information on the city's solid waste services, please visit​


There are important reminders to heed for those planning to celebrate the holiday with fireworks (including the fact that fireworks usage is not allowed in city parks). While the Michigan Fireworks Safety Act broadens the selection of fireworks available for home/amateur use statewide, it is important to know there are still usage parameters per City of Ann Arbor ordinance (Section 9:266 of Chapter 115 Weapons and Explosives of Title IX).  

In the city of Ann Arbor, fireworks usage is permitted only during certain timeframes and only around national holidays. The timeframe guidelines for the Independence Day holiday are:

  • Use is prohibited prior to July 3 and after July 5. 

  • Use is only permitted from 8 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. on July 3, 4 and 5 and with the following restrictions:

    • Use is always prohibited on public property (as outlined in the Michigan Fireworks Safety Act, Section 28.462 ), including parks, school property, church property or the property of another person unless the person using the fireworks has the expressed permission of the property owner.

    • Use is always prohibited for persons under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance.

    • Prohibitions apply to “consumer fireworks," which are “fireworks devices that are designed to produce visible effects by combustion," such as roman candles, bottle rockets, firecrackers and missile-type rockets. 

    • Prohibitions do not apply to ground and handheld sparkling devices.

It is also important to remind residents to use fireworks with extreme caution and to be mindful of sensitivities of other residents, pets and neighbors. In addition, veterans and military-support organizations also emphasize that fireworks can be particularly traumatic for military and veterans suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder. If you choose to use fireworks, please adhere to the ordinance, but please also use common courtesies, such as:

  • Informing neighbors in advance of your fireworks plans.

  • Limiting the frequency of your use during those acceptable usage hours.

  • Cleaning up all debris resulting from your fireworks use (see disposal tip below).

Please note the following safety guidelines, as well, from Ann Arbor police and fire departments:

  • The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public display conducted by trained professionals.

  • After a fireworks display, never pick up fireworks right away that may be left over, as they may still be active. Fully soak used/dud fireworks in water, and dispose of in the trash, not in recycling.

  • The risk of fireworks injury is more than twice as high for children ages 10–14 as for the general population. Children should never participate in setting off fireworks, and they should remain a safe distance way from where fireworks are being set off.

  • Sparklers may seem harmless, but the tip of a sparkler burns at a temperature of more than 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit. That is hot enough to cause third-degree burns.

  • Additional safety guidelines (PDF) are available on the Ann Arbor Fire Department web page, or visit the National Fire Protection Agency website.   ​

For more information about the Michigan Fireworks Safety Act, which took effect statewide in 2012, see the frequently asked questions (PDF) on the State of Michigan website.

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Contact Information

Robert Kellar
Communications Specialist
734.794.6000 x41524

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