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Independence Day Reminders: Fireworks Usage; City Municipal Offices Schedule; Curbside Pickup Service Delayed One Day

Archived News Release: June 26, 2023 - ​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 in observance of the Independence Day holiday on Tuesday, July 4. In addition, curbside trash, recycling and compost pickup services will be delayed by one day. Tuesday pickups will instead occur on Wednesday, and the rest of the collections will occur one day later throughout the week. The normal Friday routes will be serviced Saturday, July 8. Commercial customers with weekly Saturday service through the city franchise with Waste Management will receive Saturday pickups without delays. 

Safety services and water utility operations will maintain 24-hour schedules.

Time fo​r fireworks?​

If you're planning to celebrate Independence Day with fireworks, please remember to do so safely and responsibly. For starters, per Michigan Fireworks Safety Act 256 of 2011 (PDF), fireworks usage is permitted only during certain timeframes and only around national holidays. For the Independence Day holiday this year, fireworks may ONLY be discharged in the city: Thursday, June 29–Tuesday, July 4, until 11:45 p.m. on each of those days.

Also note, fireworks use without permission is ALWAYS PROHIBITED at:

  • City parks.

  • Schools.

  • All public and private property that isn't your own.

Further, anyone setting off fireworks that cause a fire resulting in property damage will potentially face civil and criminal liability.

Please be aware of these important safety reminders as well:

  • Keep a water source ready to spray embers from fireworks. Drench the entire area where you've been using fireworks when done.

  • Toss used fireworks into a bucket of water for at least 24 hours before disposing.

  • Don't try to reignite fireworks that won't go off.

  • Don't launch fireworks into forests or fields. Dry grass or leaves could ignite.

  • Keep fireworks away from your face and eyes.

More information is available on the National Fire Protection Association website.

Fireworks also pose a risk to pets. Visit the American Veterinary Medical Association website for tips on how to keep pets safe for the holiday and all summer long.

According to the National Fire Protection Agency Fireworks Fires and Injuries report, fireworks started an estimated 12,264 fires in the U.S. in 2021, including 2,082 structure fires, 316 vehicle fires, and 9,866 outside and other fires. These fires caused 29 civilian injuries and $59 million in direct property damage.

If you plan to use fireworks, please follow the laws, do so safely and be courteous by letting neighbors know in advance. This includes being mindful of any military veterans or others who may be sensitive to the noise associated with fireworks.​

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Media Contact Information

Robert Kellar
Communications Specialist
734.794.6000 ext. 41524
[email protected]

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