The city of Maricopa's Great American Tailgate and Great American 4th events are slated for Monday, July 4 from noon to 10 p.m. There will be games, contests and activities all day long, culminating with a Grand Fireworks display at 9 p.m.

The Maricopa Police Department urges you to put safety first when celebrating this Fourth of July. Legal fireworks are safer than ever, in part because of stringent federal safety standards enacted by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in 1976.

Section 10-1-6 of the Maricopa City states:  It is unlawful for any reason within the limits of the city to blast or use powder, fireworks or other explosives without a written permit from the city or the fire Chief, and then only upon the terms and conditions set forth therein.

According to State Statute, there is only one exception to this. Consumer fireworks may be used from May 20 through July 6 and from Dec. 10 through Jan. 3 of each year.

During the dates listed above, only fireworks defined as “Consumer” fireworks in the above statute can be used. Any firework designated as “Display” is still prohibited.

To keep consumers safe and informed, TNT Fireworks recommends that consumers observe the following safety tips this holiday:

  • Only buy and/or use legal fireworks from a licensed firework manufacturer.
  • Read and follow the directions on the labels.
  • Never give fireworks or sparklers to young children.
    Never use fireworks in conjunction with alcohol consumption.
    Only use consumer fireworks away from homes, buildings and dry grass – on a flat, level, hard, fireproof surface, such as concrete, that is free from debris.
  • Have a working garden hose and/or bucket of water nearby in case of emergencies.
  • Never carry a firework in your pocket or hold a lit firework in your hand.
  • Never shoot fireworks from a metal or glass container.
  • Keep spectators at a safe distance and never aim or throw fireworks at another person.
  • Always wear safety glasses when igniting fireworks.
  • Never place any part of your body directly over a firework device – even when lighting.
  • Light only one firework at a time.
  • NEVER approach or try to re-ignite a firework that doesn’t light the first time.
  • When finished, allow used fireworks to stand for at least 20 minutes, submerge in water, drain, place in a plastic bag and dispose outside in a covered trash can.
  • Animals are often frightened by the sounds of fireworks. Protect your “best friends” by keeping them indoors, secure and away from the loud, sudden noises.

 Fireworks are noisy, so be respectful of those who have a sensitivity to loud or sudden noises, including pets, and especially those who have served our country in the military or on the frontlines.