The Fourth of July brings together family and friends to celebrate our nation’s founding. With that commonly comes fireworks celebrations large and small. The Cape Coral Police Department wants to ensure that home fireworks celebrations are being conducted safely and within the law.

Recent amendments to the law in Florida have made the calendar dates of July 4th, December 31st, and January 1st the only dates where fireworks are permitted. Many prefer to set off their fireworks at home, despite the excellent displays put on each year at the city’s “Red White and BOOM” event. If you choose to do your own this year, please keep your safety and others a top priority. Please keep in mind that fireworks are not exempt from the City of Cape Coral noise ordinance, which is in effect at all hours of the day but becomes more stringent between the hours of 11pm and 7am.

Common complaints regarding fireworks are the distress they can cause combat veterans, as well as distress caused to family pets. Please consider asking your neighbors about these issues beforehand to avoid potential issues.

The Cape Coral Police Department thanks you for celebrating the birth of our nation safely and responsibly.

SAFETY TIPS

  • Never let young children light or handle fireworks.
  • Use fireworks away from people, houses and flammable material.
  • Only light one device at a time and maintain a safe distance after lighting.
  • Do not ignite devices in a container.
  • Do not use fireworks while under the influence of any drugs or alcohol.
  • Keep a garden hose or bucket of water handy in case of fire, and soak spent or unused fireworks before throwing them away.

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