I hope you all had fun on your 4th of July weekend. As much fun as I would have liked to have on my vacation to North Carolina and Tennessee, I developed minor bronchitis and spent the majority of it coughing my lungs out and resting. I did get to enjoy some fireworks though, and hopefully you did as well. Because now, officially firework season is over for Southwest Michigan. It actually ended Friday, July 5th. The permissible dates for fireworks in Michigan are June 29th through July 5th from 11 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.

There are pretty strict rules in place now for those who decide to break the law by setting off fireworks during days not allowed. All of the following instances are still a crime:

  • Lighting fireworks that cause property damage
  • Lighting fireworks while intoxicated
  • Lighting fireworks that cause serious injury or death
  • Lighting fireworks outside of allowed dates and times is a civil infraction with a $1,000 fine for each violation.

Stay safe out there no matter what you decide to do.