Yes, Personal Fireworks Have Been Illegal In Everett For 22 Years

July 1, 2019

Events in Everett


The only legal fireworks in Everett are shot off a barge located in Port Gardner Bay near the north end of the Jetty.

Keep 911 free for emergencies.

All personal fireworks are illegal in Everett, Washington. It’s been that way since 1997. (Ed. note, an earlier typo had 1977)That being said, nothing has really changed. Fireworks are illegal inside the Everett City limits. People will still shoot off fireworks inside the Everett city limits.

Everett Police will have extra patrols including the Police Chief and Command Staff. There will be warnings, some fireworks will be confiscated, some people will get tickets, maybe an arrest or two.

So, if you are upset about people shooting off fireworks you can call the authorities. Usually not an emergency so don’t call 9-1-1. If you want to call about illegal fireworks, call 425-407-3999. This non-emergency line will be answered at Snohomish County 911 by the same people who answer the 9-1-1 calls.

The intent is to take pressure off the 9-1-1 system. The 4th of July is the busiest day of the year for 9-1-1 calls. When you call 425-407-3999 you may be placed on hold or you may be placed in a queue. You may hear a recorded message with information about alternative numbers or resources you may use instead of waiting for a dispatcher. The key is to keep 9-1-1 free for true life-threatening emergencies.

Still not sure? Here are a couple of examples…

Neighbors shooting off guns, call 9-1-1. Neighbors shooting off firecrackers, call 425-407-3999.

People waving sparklers, call 425-407-3999. People using a garden hose to put out a roof on fire, call 9-1-1.

Remember there is the annual public display of fireworks over Port Gardner Bay in north Everett at 10 PM on the 4th of July. The best viewing places are at Legion Park (there is no parking there but they have a shuttle bus), Grand Avenue Park, also no parking really available there or down at the Everett Waterfront. Lots of parking, some private events that will charge, have patience getting in and out. Have a safe and happy 4th!


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